Advocacy

Unaccompanied Youth Homelessness Bill: House Bill 4517

An Act promoting housing and support services to unaccompanied homeless youths

Unaccompanied Youth Homelessness Bill: House Bill 4517
An Act to provide housing and support services to unaccompanied homeless youth was originally re-filed for the 2013-2014 session by Representative Jim O'Day and former Senator Katherine Clark.

This bill was signed into law on January 7, 2015 as Chapter 450 of the Acts of 2014. It seeks to reduce youth homelessness and its adverse effects by funding a continuum of housing and support services geared specifically for unaccompanied youth, age 24 an younger. The goal of these efforts is to improve housing and residential stability, reduce the risk of harm and improve educational, physical and mental health outcomes for this population.

The bill also includes direction for the state on how to continue the work of the Special Commission on Unaccompanied Homeless Youth.

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