National Clearinghouse on Homeless Youth and Families

State Index on Youth Homelessness

Rush, J.,
Santos, M.
Year Published: 2018
Number of Pages: 
True Colors Fund and the National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty

In partnership with the National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty, the True Colors Fund developed the State Index on Youth Homelessness (the Index) as a summary of some of the legal, systemic, and environmental barriers youth experiencing homelessness face. The Index looks at 61 metrics in all 50 states and District of Columbia. The metrics evaluate each state’s laws and policies, systems, and environments that affect youth experiencing homelessness and influence state policy and program implementation. The Index provides recommendations for each state on how to better protect the safety, development, health, and dignity of youth experiencing homelessness.


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