HEY Statistics paint a picture of the barriers foster youth face while searching for and keeping employment. The current recession has adversely affected San Francisco foster youth. All youth experience difficulty finding employment as competition for jobs increase; foster youth experience additional barriers such as trauma, poverty and other factors. In the spring of 2009, HEY began to research how the recession was affecting Bay Area foster youth who were transitioning out of care, and those who had recently transitioned from care. This information was especially difficult to find.