Bill would help Neb. youth exiting foster care

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Associated Press

Posted on April 5, 2013 at 7:04 AM

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska lawmakers began debating a bill that would give housing assistance to youths aging out of foster care.

Lincoln Sen. Amanda McGill is sponsoring the measure that would allow former foster children between the ages of 19 and 21 to receive assistance from the state.

McGill said Thursday that the youths need financial assistance so they don't become homeless. She says many of these youth do not have parents to lean on and are not ready to live on their own.

The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services opposed the bill, saying it would cost the state more than $3.2 million in fiscal year 2013. McGill says she plans to introduce an amendment to reduce the state's financial burden.

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The bill is LB216

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