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Fighting Youth Homelessness

Like far too many youth aging out of foster care, Ryan was homeless.

He was working hard to find a job when he learned he had a bench warrant for a retail theft citation issued to him when he was just 12 years old. He never received the notice for court because his family was homeless at the time. This bench warrant was standing in the way of Ryan getting a job and an education.

CLS attorneys met Ryan at a legal clinic at Covenant House.  Our Youth Justice Project team quickly worked with Ryan to show the District Attorney’s office the strides he had made in his life. The DA’s office agreed to withdraw the bench warrant and the case has now been expunged from Ryan’s record.  Ryan has since been able to secure employment, start college, and find stable housing.

Young people like Ryan need your help. Make a gift to CLS today, so youth experiencing homelessness can get a fresh start.