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Introducing the 2020 State Index on Youth Homelessness

The State Index on Youth Homelessness ranks and scores laws and policies related to preventing and addressing youth homelessness in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

Does your state make the grade?

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What's included in the State Index?

LAWS AND POLICIES

Includes answers to these questions and more:​

  • Can minors sign legal contracts?

  • Is running away a crime?

  • Is there support for students experiencing homelessness to go to college?

  • Are services for youth experiencing homelessness licensed and funded?

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SYSTEMS

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Includes answers to these questions and more:​

  • Does my state have a plan to end homelessness? Does it include youth?

  • Can minors get a state-issued ID without parental consent?

  • Does my state have an interagency council on homelessness?

ENVIRONMENT

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Includes answers to these questions and more:​

  • Are LGTBQ+ youth protected from discrimination in runaway and homeless youth programs?

  • Will staff there be trained to support them?

  • Has my governor set a goal of ending youth homelessness?

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