Laws authorizing comprehensive supports and services for youth experiencing homelessness: 33% of metrics met
Preventing youth experiencing homelessness from coming into contact with the criminal and juvenile justice systems: 48% of metrics met
Providing unaccompanied youth experiencing homelessness the opportunity to seek legal independence and live independently: 75% of metrics met
Addressing the educational needs of youth experiencing homelessness: 17% of metrics met
Allowing youth experiencing homelessness to access critical supports and services: 61% of metrics met
Systems: 89% of metrics met
Environment: 47% of metrics met
State Score 2020: 56
State Ranking 2020: 16
One area where Hawaii has moved the needle relative to other states is providing unaccompanied youth experiencing homelessness the opportunity to seek legal independence and live independently.
Law & Policy
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 unaccompanied youth under 18 to apply for health insurance coverage without parental consent.
There is a current state plan to end homelessness.
The state plan has a "youth" component.
There is a state entity (Office of homeless youth services, homeless youth state coordinator, commission on homeless youth, etc.) that focuses solely on youth homelessness.
The state maintains a community advisory board for youth that informs youth homelessness policy.
Recommendations for Improvement
There is room for improvement throughout the metrics for the Aloha State, with emphasis on the Law & Policy and Environment categories. Laws authorizing comprehensive supports and services for youth experiencing homelessness, addressing their educational needs, and protecting the rights and interests of youth experiencing homelessness, including LGBTQ youth, should be prioritized.
Law & Policy
The state should pass a law that funds and provides oversight and regulation to youth homelessness services.
The state should decriminalize running away as a status offense.
The state should explicitly allow partial and alternative school credit accrual for homeless youth through regulations.
The state should amend the state plan to end homelessness to specifically address strategies to end homelessness among LGBTQ+ youth.
The state should allow minors to obtain state-issued ID without parental consent.
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.
The state should establish nondiscrimination protections for LGBTQ+ youth in youth homelessness services.
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