Law & Policy
- Enact and fund a state law similar to the federal RHYA to provide key intervention and emergency services for youth experiencing homelessness.
- Enact a state law that allows youth in need of supervision to receive services without court involvement.
- Allow shelters to take in youth experiencing homelessness with a delay or waiver of notification requirements.
- As part of the state plan to prevent and end youth homelessness, include a strategy to address homelessness among LGBTQ youth.
- Remove barriers to obtaining state-issued identification cards by enacting policies which remove the requirement of parental consent for youth and address proof of residency requirements for youth experiencing homelessness.
- 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.
- Ban controversial and ineffective service provision that includes conversion therapy.