Human Services


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NCSL Welcomes Fellows

For the first time, NCSL’s Early Childhood Fellows, Child Welfare Fellows and Youth Homelessness Fellows will meet together. Approximately 70 legislators and legislative staff will convene June 27-29 in Seattle to kick-off cohort-based policy fellowships that recognize the overlapping aspects of the three policy areas.


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State Legislatures News | Born in a Pandemic 

In the second of a two-part series, NCSL experts explore state action to support food and economic security, access to child care, and general well-being for parents whose children were born during the coronavirus pandemic.



Human Services


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Land Contract Regulation: Smoothing the Path to Homeownership

Homeownership has long been a fundamental pillar of the American dream. However, financial and regulatory barriers to purchasing property can be high and many first-time homebuyers lack access to traditional mortgages. As a result, around 36 million Americans have used alternative financing—such as land contracts—as a path to homeownership.


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Legislators Fight Food Waste Through Labeling Laws

Food labels have been found to contribute to an increase in food waste. While food insecurity is on the rise, states are addressing labeling laws as a solution to decrease food waste. 


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Unpacking the Affordable Housing Crisis

Housing has usually been seen as a local issue, but as the housing affordability situation has worsened, states are increasingly involved in the search for solutions. We invited three guests to join NCSL’s Our American States podcast to share their perspectives and discuss the complex factors that affect housing.


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State Legislation & Bill Tracking

Want to know what legislation your state or other states have introduced or enacted? NCSL maintains legislative-tracking databases in the following human services areas: child support and family law, child welfareearly care and education, economic mobility and housing and homelessness. To research state legislation on other topics, visit NCSL’s directory of legislative databases


Health and Human Services

One of eight NCSL standing committees that educates Congress and federal agencies about state concerns and serves as a forum for state legislators and legislative staff, this committee covers state federal health and humans services programs, legislation, regulations and policies.


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