DENVER (CBS4)– A new bill would help create a grant program designated to support those youth experiencing homeless in Colorado. The grant would be awarded to existing providers who serve youth between the ages of 11 to 24 years.
Those in underserved communities will get priority.READ MORE: Thousands Participate In Volleyball Tournament, The First Major Event At The Colorado Convention Center In More Than 1 Year
Rep. Edie Hooten said this is needed as some of those youth face very dangerous situations.READ MORE: Park Hill Residents File Lawsuit Against Safe Outdoor Space For Homeless In Church Parking Lot
“They don’t qualify for child youth services, they are very rarely taken in by foster youth families, they are the number one targets of human traffickers, they have challenging outcomes,” said Hooten, a Democrat representing Boulder.MORE NEWS: Colorado's Comeback: Moviegoers Return To Regal Theatres Amid COVID Safety Protocols
The bill had its first reading on Friday in the House Public Health Care and Human Services Committee. The proposal passes unanimously.