Quick Facts: New Mexico

​​​​​​​Performance Breakdown
  • Law & Policy: 80% of metrics met
    • Laws authorizing comprehensive supports and services for youth experiencing homelessness: 83% of metrics met 

    • Preventing youth experiencing homelessness from coming into contact with the criminal and juvenile justice systems: 62% of metrics met 

    • Providing unaccompanied youth experiencing homelessness the opportunity to seek legal independence and live independently: 100% 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: 83% of metrics met 

  • Systems: 67% of metrics met 
  • Environment: 71% of metrics met

State Score 2021: 76
State Ranking 2021: 9

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New Mexico Highlights

New Mexico has moved the needle relative to other states include providing unaccompanied youth experiencing homelessness  the opportunity to seek legal independence and  live independently, addressing their educational  needs, and allowing them to access critical supports  and services. 


Law & Policy

  • State law does not specifically criminalize running away.

  • State law provides partial or full contract rights for homeless youth.

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

  • The state allows unaccompanied youth under 18 to apply for health insurance coverage on their own.



  • There is a current state plan to end homelessness.

    • The state plan has a "youth" component.



  • 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.

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

Recommendations for Improvement

There is room for improvement throughout the metrics for the Land of Enchantment, with  emphasis on the Law & Policy category. Protecting the rights and interests of youth experiencing homelessness, including LGBTQ youth, should be prioritized. 


Law & Policy​

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



  • As part of the state plan to prevent and end youth homelessness, include a strategy to address homelessness among LGBTQ youth.

  • 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.



  • Organize and maintain a self-governing youth action board or council to inform youth homelessness policy within the state.

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