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Quick Facts: Michigan

​​​​​​​​​​​​​Performance Breakdown
  • Law & Policy: 45% of metrics met
    • Laws authorizing comprehensive supports and services for youth experiencing homelessness: 50% of metrics met 

    • Preventing youth experiencing homelessness from coming into contact with the criminal and juvenile justice systems: 29% 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: 17% of metrics met 

    • Allowing youth experiencing homelessness to access critical supports and services: 50% of metrics met 

  • Systems: 78% of metrics met 
  • Environment: 18% of metrics met

State Score 2022: 46
State Ranking 2022: 43


2022 Score

2021 Score



Michigan Highlights

Some areas where Michigan has moved the needle relative to other states include providing unaccompanied youth experiencing homelessness the opportunity to seek legal independence and live independently and creating systems to address the needs of homeless youth.


Law & Policy

  • The state explicitly allows homeless youth to use SNAP to buy hot restaurant or prepared meals.

  • State law provides youth experiencing homelessness some contract rights.



  • There is a current state plan to end homelessness that contains a youth-specific strategy component which addresses the needs of LGBTQ youth.

  • There is a state interagency council on homelessness



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

Recommendations for Improvement

There is room for improvement throughout the metrics for the Great Lakes State, with emphasis on the Law & Policy category. Addressing the educational needs of youth experiencing homelessness should be prioritized.


Law & Policy

  • Enact and fund a state law similar to the federal RHYA to provide key intervention and emergency services for youth experiencing homelessness.

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

  • The state should explicitly allow unaccompanied youth under 18 to apply for health insurance coverage (without parental consent).



  • Create a state entity – such as an Office of Homeless Youth Services – that focuses solely on designing, implementing, and evaluating youth homelessness programs.



  • The state should establish and maintain stipends for a community advisory board that informs youth homelessness policy (Youth Action Board).

  • 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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