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National Clearinghouse on Homeless Youth and Families


Addressing the Legal Needs of Homeless Youth

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Homeless youth can find themselves in a variety of legal situations, facing criminal charges or defending their rights.

To address these issues, the Family and Youth Services Bureau and the American Bar Association partnered in 2008 to host a national conference on the legal needs of street youth. The two organizations reconvened in January 2016 to discuss the issues again along with federal partners and community organizations that serve homeless youth.

In this toolkit, we look deeper into the legal issues homeless youth face and how organizations can help them access assistance to prevent those issues from negatively impacting their chance at a future free of homelessness.