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: 52% 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: 67% of metrics met
Systems: 94% of metrics met
Environment: 24% of metrics met
State Score 2020: 56
State Ranking 2020: 16
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.
Law & Policy
The state gives minors contract rights OR allows them to enter into binding contracts for certain purposes (e.g. necessities).
The state explicitly allows unaccompanied youth under 18 to apply for health insurance coverage (without parental consent).
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.
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" component.
The state maintains a community advisory board for youth that informs youth homelessness policy.
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.
Law & Policy
The state should explicitly allow partial and alternative school credit accrual for homeless youth through regulations.
The state should pass a law that funds and provides oversight and regulation to youth homelessness services.
The state should provide public college tuition waivers to youth who were in foster care anytime after their 13th birthday.
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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