By Todd R. Hansen
A bill introduced in the state Senate this week would extend Cal Grant access to eligible foster youth – access that could benefit dozens of youth in Solano County.
Jodie Williams, founder and executive director for the volunteer-based Heart 2 Heart Solano Youth Services, said her organization typically deals with the most desperate in the foster youth population – those who have aged out of the program and have few options. Many are homeless.
One young woman, now 22, was an honors student at a local high school, attended Solano Community College and then her support system crashed when she turned 21.
“When we first met her, she was already couch surfing,” said Williams, who added that the woman was working full-time. “She was getting financial aid, but it wasn’t enough for her living expenses.”