The campaign aims to get homeless people aged 18 to 24 off the streets of San Francisco by providing temporary housing subsidies and job placements.
"We're going to make sure that it is unacceptable to have young people sleeping on our streets in this city ever again," said Larkin Street Executive Director Sherilyn Adams at the campaign launch this week. Mayor London Breed was also in attendance.
Adams' organization is one of several nonprofits working alongside the city of San Francisco and corporate partners on the $22 million "Rising Up" initiative. With the city contributing $6 million in public funds to the effort, supporters say "Rising Up" will provide crucial assistance in a city where more than a thousand young people regularly sleep outdoors each night.
But the new campaign is drawing mixed reactions from nonprofits that work in the youth homeless services space.