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 state law that allows youth in need of supervision to receive services without court involvement.
- Declassify running away as a status or delinquent offense.
- Allow shelters to take in youth experiencing homelessness with a delay or waiver of notification requirements.
- Allow partial and alternative school credit accrual for youth experiencing homelessness.
- 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.
- Organize and maintain a self-governing youth action board or council to inform youth homelessness policy within the state.
- Promote safe and inclusive environments in juvenile justice programs by providing protections based on sexual orientation and gender identity.
- Ban controversial and ineffective service provision that includes conversion therapy.