The State Index on Youth Homelessness

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Author(s): True Colors United

  • Dylan Waguespack
  • Brandy Ryan, J.D.

Published: February 2020

Report Intro/Brief:
“The State Index on Youth Homelessness provides a snapshot of some of the legal, systemic, and environmental barriers and complex challenges youth experiencing homelessness face. The Index also provides states, advocates, grassroots activists, and youth themselves with a tool recommending concrete steps that states can take to protect the safety, development, health, and dignity of youth experiencing homelessness, thereby helping end the cycle of homelessness and increasing youth’s prospects for a brighter future.

The Index looks at 61 metrics in 50 states and District of Columbia, assigning points up to 100. The metrics span across states’ laws and policies, systems, and environments that affect youth experiencing homelessness and influence state policy and program implementation. States are able to determine how they performed across these metrics and how they compare to other states.”

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