b'SAFEHelping homeless youth feel O ur community, like many others statewide, has a hard-to- Perhaps, just as important, the program offers a safe place to ignore issue that has become increasingly worse in recentmeet with others experiencing the same challenges. yearshomelessness. So far, SAFE is helping about 25 young people. We know there More than 400 families and individuals were experiencingare many more who could benefit from the program. homelessness in the last point-in-time count in December 2019.The Friendship Club appreciates your support for the program. There are likely many who were not counted. Some people areSAFEs success will build a better community and improve the couch surfing or staying with a relative or friend, a short-term fixlives of many young adults.for a long-term problem. Many who experience homelessnesswhether its living in a car, sleeping on a couch or even on the streetare children and young adults. Nevada County had 341 students in kindergarten through 12th grade experiencing homelessness in the 2017-18 school year, a 36% increase since 2014. Half of the children were in elementary and middle school.Many of these older children and young adults do not have access to local or state funding, and there are few nonprofit organizations that can help.So, The Friendship Club established SAFE (Stability, Access, Foundation, Empowerment) in 2019. The program helps transition-age youth, 16 to 24 years old, experiencing homelessnessboys and girls. The Friendship Clubthanks to your support and grantsis providing academic, social and emotional support and life-skills training for youth. Career education, counseling and health care are also available to these young people, aimed at preventing chronic homelessness throughout their lives. Youthhomelessness isa growing concernin Nevada County.1 0 2 0 2 0 C O M M U N I T Y R E P O R T | T H E F R I E N D S H I P C L U B'