Quick Facts: Wisconsin

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Performance Breakdown
  • Law & Policy: 55% of metrics met
     
    • 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: 67% 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: 33% of metrics met 
       

    • Allowing youth experiencing homelessness to access critical supports and services: 56% of metrics met 
       

  • Systems: 100% of metrics met 
     
  • Environment: 29% of metrics met

State Score 2021: 59
State Ranking 2021: 16

2021 Score

2020 Score

59

56

Wisconsin Highlights

Wisconsin has moved the needle relative to other states in allowing youth experiencing homelessness access to critical supports and services and building systems to comprehensively address homelessness.

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Law & Policy

  • The state gives minors contract rights OR allows them to enter into binding contracts for certain purposes (e.g. necessities).

  • The state allows shelters to take in homeless youth with a delay or waiver of notification requirements.

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

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Systems​​

  • 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.

  • There is a current state plan to end homelessness.

    • The state plan has a "youth" and LGBTQ+ component.

  • The state does not require parental consent for youth to obtain state-issued identification cards.

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Environment

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

  • 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 Badger State, with emphasis on the Law & Policy and Environment categories. Laws authorizing comprehensive supports and services for youth experiencing homelessness and protecting the rights and interests of LGBTQ youth should be prioritized.

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Law & Policy

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

  • Allow partial and alternative school credit accrual for youth experiencing homelessness.

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

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Systems

  • None,

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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.

  • Ban harmful and ineffective service provision that includes conversion therapy.

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