Law & Policy
- Enact state law that allows youth in need of supervision to receive services without court involvement.
- Allow unaccompanied youth under 18 to apply for health insurance coverage on their own.
- Enact law or regulation to allow shelters to take in youth experiencing homelessness with a delay or waiver of notification requirements.
- Create a state entity - such as an Office of Homeless Youth Services - that focuses solely on designing, implementing, and evaluating youth homelessness programs.
- As part of the state plan to prevent and end youth homelessness, include a strategy to address homelessness among LGBTQ youth.
- 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 runaway and homeless youth programs by providing protections based on sexual orientation and gender identity.