Quick Facts: Oregon

​​​​​Performance Breakdown
  • Law & Policy: 65% 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: 43% 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: 50% of metrics met 
       

  • Systems: 89% of metrics met 
     
  • Environment: 29% of metrics met

State Score 2021: 63
State Ranking 2021: 12

2021 Score

2020 Score

63

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Oregon Highlights

Some areas where Oregon has moved the needle relative to other states include providing unaccompanied youth experiencing homelessness the opportunity to seek legal independence and  live independently, minimizing barriers to their access to comprehensive supports and services, addressing their educational needs, and promoting safety and inclusion by providing protections for LGBTQ youth within key state programs. 

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Law & Policy

  • The state has RHY statutes similar to the federal Runaway and Homeless Youth Act (RHYA) that provides funding for emergency services and other supports to prevent and end youth homelessness.

  •  State law does not specifically criminalize running away.

  • State law provides youth experiencing homelessness some contract rights.

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

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

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Systems​​

  • There is a current state plan to end homelessness that contains a youth-specific component.

  • There is a state interagency council on homelessness.

  • The state allows youth to obtain a state-issued identification card without parental consent.

  • 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.

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Environment

  • 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 and juvenile justice programs by providing protections based on sexual orientation and gender identity. 

Recommendations for Improvement

There is room for improvement throughout the metrics for the Beaver State, with emphasis on the Law & Policy and Environment categories. Preventing contact between youth experiencing homelessness and the criminal and juvenile justice systems and promoting safety and inclusion by providing protections forr LGBTQ+ youth within key state programs should be prioritized.

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Law & Policy

  • The state should pass a law that funds and provides oversight and regulation to youth homelessness services.

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

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Systems

  • The state should establish an interagency council on homelessness to support coordination across agencies.

  • The state plan to end homelessness should be updated to include strategies specific to LGBTQ+ youth.

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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.

  • The state should establish nondiscrimination protections for LGBTQ+ youth in youth homelessness services.

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

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