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Statement by Assemblymember Boerner on Governor’s Veto of AB 589

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For Immediate Release: Saturday, October 7, 2023

Statement by Assemblymember Boerner on Governor’s Veto of AB 589

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Assemblymember Tasha Boerner (D-Encinitas) issued the following statement today after the Governor vetoed her bill to create a pilot project that would ensure housing for LGBTQ+ youth in crisis.

“AB 589 would have established a three-year pilot project to provide affirmative, supportive housing options for LGTBQ+ youth in crisis experiencing rejection by their own families.  These ‘Unicorn Homes’ would have served a population of young people who are often more likely to find themselves at risk of homelessness, while at the same time also face greater difficulty finding shelters that accept and respect them.  No state housing program targets LGBTQ+ youth at risk of homelessness specifically, and many nonprofit organizations that would help meet this need are struggling. 

While I am disappointed by the Governor’s decision today, I am committed to finding the necessary resources moving forward so these young people will have a safe, affirming place to go when their own family situation is no longer an option.”


Assemblymember Tasha Boerner represents the 77th District, which encompasses Carlsbad, Encinitas, Solana Beach, Del Mar, and the coastal communities of La Jolla south to Downtown and Coronado. You can learn more about Assemblymember Boerner at, Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter.