Housing + Development

Santa Clara County’s growing number of homeless youth struggle to access assistance

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Jaritza Hernandez became homeless at 18, when her husband lost his job and the rent for their apartment rose. They couldn’t keep up with the bills, especially when they needed to pay for all the costs associated with their new baby, Alexa, who has epilepsy. With no support from their families, the family of three ended up living in the back of their car for six months before they could find stable housing. Hernandez wasn’t prepared to become homeless. “I’m only 20 years old. I wasn’t trained for this. I wasn’t prepared for this life. No one told me that you could be homeless. No one told me how hard…

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