IN PARTNERSHIP WITH
Law & Policy
- Enact a state law that provides comprehensive supports and services for youth experiencing homelessness and adequate funding to address youth homelessness generally.
- Enact and fund a state law similar to the federal RHYA to provide key intervention and emergency services for youth experiencing homelessness.
- Enact state law that allows youth in need of supervision to receive services without court involvement.
- Implement a grievance process for students experiencing homelessness that complies with federal law.
- Expand eligibility for publicly-funded opportunities and supports available to children and youth to include older young people through the age of 24.
- Revise curfew statutes to further limit court and police involvement.
- Protect providers from civil and criminal liability when they provide services in good faith to youth experiencing homelessness.
- Remove barriers to accessing critical supports and services. Youth experiencing homelessness should be able to consent to their own care, including consenting to examination and treatment relating to a sexual assault without the need for parental consent.
- Address housing needs in transition planning for justice-involved youth.
- Subsidize childcare for eligible recipients of TANF.
- 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.
- Remove barriers to obtaining a state-issued identification card such as requiring parental consent.
- 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.