Assemblymember Isaac Bryan dropped by Sanctuary of Hope (SOH) to have a conversation with youth and young adults about ending poverty in California. Young people shared stories of housing insecurity and struggles making it through college with little means. Young people also uplifted the struggles of youth exiting out of the child welfare system and the need for ongoing connection, supports, and education to combat poverty. SOH thanks Assemblymember Bryan for occasional visits and drop-ins to hear directly from youth and young adults their needs to guide his work in the California legislature.

Nearly one in five children in California under 18 years old, or nearly 2 million kids, live in poverty. A bill pending in the state legislature sets an ambitious goal of cutting California’s child poverty rate in half by 2039 and also eliminating the number of kids in “deep poverty” by 2024.