The LSFN’s continued impact on the legal services continuum is dependent on its members’ expertise in the issues affecting the communities it strives to support. LSFN member Brian Blalock, Director, Law + Policy at Tipping Point, was recently interviewed by Medium.com, where he shed light on the youth homelessness epidemic and shared his vision for the role philanthropy could play in addressing this vital issue:
Open Door Policy: An Expert’s Case for Preventing Youth Homelessness
A conversation with Brian Blalock
Tipping Point has committed $100 million to reduce chronic homelessness in San Francisco. A core part of our strategy is to examine and improve points of connection between long-term homelessness and existing public systems, including the justice system, public health and child welfare.
Brian Blalock is Tipping Point’s Director of Law + Policy and our resident expert on youth law. Prior to Tipping Point, Brian founded and directed the Youth Justice Project at Bay Area Legal Aid, providing legal representation and advocacy on issues related to youth under 25. He holds graduate degrees from Columbia, Stanford and Harvard.
Of the more than 2,100 chronically homeless individuals in San Francisco, 19% are former foster youth. We sat down with Brian to discuss the state of child welfare in California and what role philanthropy can play in improving the system.