California State Library Foundation (Sacramento, CA)


  • Name:Shahera Hyatt
  • Title:Director, California Homeless Youth Project

Organization Address

  • Organization Name:California State Library Foundation
  • Address:900 N Street
    Suite 300
    Sacramento, CA 95814
    United States

Organization Phone

  • Main phone:916-653-8722

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  • Mission:
  • The California Homeless Youth Project (HYP) is a research and policy initiative of the California Research Bureau at the California State Library. The project is committed to bringing youth to the policy table and to informing policymakers, opinion leaders, and other stakeholders about the needs of unaccompanied homeless youth.

    This project seeks to improve understanding of young people ages 12 to 24 who are on their own and the issues they face. These include family conflict and other reasons for being on the street, lack of shelter and educational opportunities, health and mental health needs, and the effect of interactions with law enforcement agencies. The project highlights solutions for these youth by engaging them directly in research and policy discussions, and giving voice to their experiences and recommendations as well as those of researchers, practitioners, and policy experts.

  • Overview:
  • The California State Library Foundation (CSLF) is seeking funds from The Lawrence Foundation to support the California Research Bureau’s (CRB) Homeless Youth Project (HYP). The proposed grant would allow us to continue the work of improving outcomes for runaway and homeless youth through the targeted education of state and local policymakers. The HYP provides up-to-date, non-partisan research highlighting the institutional and systemic gaps in serving young people who are homeless or lack stable housing. Additionally, the project brings the voices of homeless and formerly homeless youth into state research and policy activities related to this vulnerable population, ensuring policymakers hear directly from a population that is typically absent from policy discussions, but is the most directly affected by decisions made in the Capitol.

    We would like to channel our experience of addressing systemic gaps at state and national levels to local efforts in Sacramento by producing and implementing a strategic plan to address youth homelessness. Findings will be used to create a toolkit to help other communities implement strategic plans based on lessons learned and tools we develop.

  • History:
  • During the first two years of the project, 2006-08, consultant and journalist Nell Bernstein and the California Council on Youth Relations/New America Media completed a street-outreach survey that employed 40 homeless or formerly homeless young people interviewing over 200 of their peers around the state and conducted focus groups of homeless youth in several cities.

    The key report, Voices from the Street: A Survey of Homeless Youth by Their Peers, summarizes the research findings about homeless youth’s experiences with and trajectories into homelessness, as well as their ideas for changes in policy, law, and service delivery that they believe would improve their prospects for attaining stability and meeting their own life goals.

    The survey findings were presented at several public policy forums on specific issues affecting homeless young people. The report "Homeless Youth: Bibliography and Resources" includes forum agendas and contact information for presenters.

    Voices from the Street: Homeless Youth Speak Out on State Policy, a 30-minute video, highlights the major findings from the survey and public policy forums, and presents homeless youths’ ideas for change.

    The HYP also published reports on California Population Estimates, LGBTQ Homeless Youth, The Educational Success of Homeless Youth in California and Preparing Youth to Participate in State Policymaking.

    In addition, we compiled short video interviews with young people who have experienced homelessness or housing instability; conducted by their peers. The videos are presented on the Video Wall in Youth Voices on our website. The HYP provides access to these videos to policymakers and organizations for educational purposes.

    In 2010 in collaboration with our partners, the California Coalition for Youth and the John Burton Foundation, we helped to organize the first ever California Runaway and Homeless Youth Month, set to coincide with National Runaway and Homeless Youth Month. The HYP and other homeless youth-focused organizations provided multiple opportunities for policymakers and other stakeholders to engage with homeless youth on the issues affecting them. A policy seminar was convened featuring nationally recognized researcher, Dr. Michael Pergamitt, who discussed his report on runaway and homeless youth and the reasons they run. Additionally, the HYP released a special edition of Studies in the News, highlighting selected resources including reports, newspaper series, and audio and video presentations related to homeless youth.

    In 2011, the HYP focused on promoting solutions to a key issue consistently raised by youth involved in the project: the fragmentation of information about resources, and improving access to appropriate, supportive services. As a result, we completed a statewide, county-by-county listing of existing programs that specifically serve unaccompanied homeless youth.

    An analysis of our findings about available services and a point-in-time listing of programs serving unaccompanied homeless youth to be used by service providers, youth, and policymakers can be found on our Publications page. The California Coalition for Youth, in charge of operating the statewide Crisis Line, has since updated their resource database with the HYP inventory.

    In 2012 we partnered with the Senate Office of Research to learn what states around the country are doing to end youth homelessness and compiled that information into a comprehensive report for State Senator Carol Liu. We then used those findings to develop the nation's first ever statewide action plan on ending youth homelessness, "More Than a Roof: How California Can End Youth Homelessness". This report was released in January 2013 at a press conference alongside Senator Carol Liu and formerly homeless young people. Though the California State Library cannot take a stance on legislation, the policy recommendations in our report were used to inform 7 pieces of legislation, the highest number of bills ever introduced on youth homelessness in a single year in our state's history.

    In 2014 we have continued to inform policymakers and have started working with communities across California to operationalize the action steps in the state action plan. We have already been working closely with Sacramento, Los Angeles, Sonoma, and San Diego.

  • Year established:2006
  • Endowment:Unknown


  • Executive / Trustee board size:6
  • Advisory board size:2
  • Staff size:3


  • Organization type:Grantseeker
  • Country of registration:United States
  • Tax Determination Letter:Received Determination Letter
  • IRS Section:501(c)(3)
  • IRS Subsection:509(a)(1)
  • Tax ID:94-2787115

IRS Business Master File Information

  • EIN:942787115
  • Sort (Secondary) Name:
  • Care Of Name:
  • Organization Address:1225 8TH ST STE 345
  • Organization City:SACRAMENTO
  • Organization State:CA
  • Organization Zip:95814-4804
  • Group Exemption Number:0000
  • Subsection Code:03
  • Classification Code(s):1
  • Subsection/Classification Desc.:Charitable Organization
  • Affiliation Code:3
  • Ruling Date:May, 1982
  • Deductibility Code:1
  • Foundation Code:15
  • Foundation Code Desc.:Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public 170(b)(1)(A)(vi)
  • Activity Code(s):061, 994
  • Activity Code Desc.(s):Library, Described in section 170(b)1)(a)(vi) of the Code
  • Organization Code:1 (Corporation)
  • Exempt Org. Status Code:01 (Unconditional Exemption)
  • Tax Period:December, 2016
  • Filing Requirement Category:01 (990 (all other) or 990EZ return)
  • Accounting Period:December
  • NTEE Code:
  • Asset Amount:$7,547,424
  • Asset Code:7 ($5,000,000 - $9,999,999)
  • Income Amount:$1,123,295
  • Income Code:6 ($1,000,000 - $4,999,999)
  • 990 Revenue Amount:$1,123,295
  • Last Updated:2/25/2018 7:32:17 pm

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