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State Highlights

Some areas where New Hampshire has moved the needle relative to other states include minimizing opportunity for youth experiencing homelessness to come in contact with the courts and maintaining a state plan to prevent and end homelessness.

Law and Policy

Law & Policy

  • State law allows youth in need of supervision to receive services without court involvement.
  • State law allows shelters to take in youth experiencing homelessness with a delay or waiver of notification requirements.

Systems

Systems

  • There is a current state plan to end homelessness that contains a youth-specific strategy component. 
  • There is a state interagency council on homelessness.

Environment

Environment

  • The state has banned conversion therapy for minors on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity and/or expression.

 

Recommendations for Improvement

There is room for improvement throughout the metrics for the Granite State, with emphasis on the Environment category. Protecting the rights and interests of youth experiencing homelessness, including LGBTQ youth, should be prioritized.

Law and Policy

Law & Policy

  • Enact and fund a state law similar to the federal RHYA to provide key intervention and emergency services for youth experiencing homelessness.
  • Ensure through law or regulation that students experiencing homelessness are able to earn partial or alternative school credits.

Systems

Systems

  • As part of the state plan to prevent and end youth homelessness, include a strategy to address homelessness among LGBTQ youth.
  • Create a state entity - such as an Office of Homeless Youth Services - that focuses solely on designing, implementing, and evaluating youth homelessness programs.

Environment

Environment

  • Organize and maintain a self-governing youth action board or council to inform youth homelessness policy within the state.
  • Require training about sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, healthy sexual development, or issues specific to LGBTQ youth for staff working in runaway and homeless youth systems.
  • Promote safe and inclusive environments in child welfare, juvenile justice, and runaway and homeless youth programs by providing protections based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

 

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