Homeless Youth Policy Scan


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State policymakers are increasingly interested in preventing youth homelessness and mitigating the consequences when it does occur. Legislators are tackling the problem in a variety of ways, including adopting state definitions of youth homelessness, addressing the disparate outcomes for vulnerable populations and protecting the federally guaranteed educational rights of homeless youth. States have also passed legislation to address common barriers to housing stability and better align systems serving youth. 

The tabs below address each of these issues. For an introduction to youth homelessness, visit NCSL’s Youth Homelessness Overview.