Quick Facts: Connecticut

  • Law & Policy: 82% of metrics met
     
    • Laws authorizing comprehensive supports and services for youth experiencing homelessness: 92% of metrics met 
       

    • Preventing youth experiencing homelessness from coming into contact with the criminal and juvenile justice systems: 71% of metrics met 
       

    • Providing unaccompanied youth experiencing homelessness the opportunity to seek legal independence and live independently: 88% of metrics met
       

    • Addressing the educational needs of youth experiencing homelessness: 100% of metrics met 
       

    • Allowing youth experiencing homelessness to access critical supports and services: 78% of metrics met 
       

  • Systems: 78% of metrics met 
     
  • Environment: 71% of metrics met

State Score 2020: 77

State Ranking 2020: 3

Connecticut Highlights

Some areas where Connecticut has moved the needle relative to other states include addressing the educational needs of youth experiencing homelessness and elevating the voices of youth who have experienced homelessness by working with them throughout policy development.

Law & Policy

  • The state has a state Runaway & Homeless Youth Act.
     

  • The state doesn’t consider running away a criminal offense.
     

  • The state allows shelters to take in homeless youth with a delay or waiver of notification requirements.
     

  • The state gives minors contract rights OR allows them to enter into binding contracts for certain purposes (e.g. necessities).
     

  • The state explicitly allows partial and alternative school credit accrual for homeless youth through regulations.
     

  • The state explicitly allows unaccompanied youth under 18 to apply for health insurance coverage without parental consent.

Systems

  • There is a current state plan to end homelessness with a youth component.

Environment

  • The state maintains a community advisory board for youth that informs youth homelessness policy.
     

  • The state establishes protected class status based on one's sexual orientation and gender identity for runaway and homeless youth programs.

Recommendations for Improvement

Law & Policy

  • The state should allow minors, regardless of their legal status, to consent to examination and treatment relating to a sexual assault without parental consent.
     

  • The state should explicitly allow youth experiencing homelessness to use SNAP benefits to buy hot restaurant or prepared meals.

Systems

  • The state should create an entity – such as an Office of Youth Homelessness Services – that focuses solely on designing, implementing, and evaluating youth homelessness programs.

Environment

  • The state should require training about sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, healthy sexual development or issues specific to LGBTQ+ youth for staff working in RHY Systems.

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