Quick Facts: Nevada

​​​​Performance Breakdown
  • Law & Policy: 66% of metrics met
    • Laws authorizing comprehensive supports and services for youth experiencing homelessness: 58% 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: 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: 72% of metrics met 

  • Systems: 50% of metrics met 
  • Environment: 24% of metrics met

State Score 2021: 56
State Ranking 2021: 21

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Nevada Highlights

Some areas where Nevada has moved the needle relative to other states include authorizing comprehensive supports and services for youth experiencing homelessness and preventing youth from coming into contact with the criminal and juvenile justice systems. 


Law & Policy

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

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

  • State law provides youth experiencing homelessness some contract rights.

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



  • There is a current state plan to end homelessness.

  • There is a state interagency council on homelessness.

  • Youth can obtain a state-issued identification card without requiring parental consent.



  • The state has banned conversion therapy for minors on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity or expression.

  • The state promotes safe and inclusive environments in child welfare programs by providing protections based on sexual orientation and gender identity. 

Recommendations for Improvement

There is room for improvement throughout the metrics for the Silver State, with emphasis on the Environment category. Protecting the rights and interests of youth experiencing homelessness, including LGBTQ youth, should be prioritized.


Law & Policy

  • The state should provide transportation home after discharge from the juvenile justice system.

  • The state should allow shelters to take in youth experiencing homelessness with a delay or waiver of notification requirements.



  • The state should create and adopt a public plan to end homelessness that includes youth (and specifically 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.



  • The state should establish and maintain a stipended community advisory board for youth 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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