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This year, we’ve reformed the Index to focus on unhoused youth and young adults (YYA), aligning it with their experiences and policy needs. Shifting from harm reduction to transformative change, some jurisdictions may see lower scores than before. This is a deliberate strategy, not a setback. Lower scores should motivate, not discourage, jurisdictions. They present an opportunity to adopt policies that effectively tackle and prevent youth homelessness, fostering meaningful progress.

Appropriations for Schools to Directly Prevent Homelessness

  • Education

The jurisdiction appropriates funding for schools to provide direct financial or housing assistance to students at risk of homelessness

States and territories can appropriate funding for schools to help students and families directly with rent, past due utilities bills, and other services to prevent the loss of housing or to find housing.

Key Metric Score Type of Policy Description
1.5 Transformative Edge The jurisdiction appropriates funding for schools to provide direct financial or housing assistance to students at risk of homelessness
0.0 Status Quo No law found

Cite: National Homelessness Law Center and True Colors United. "State Index on Youth Homelessness, Appropriations for Schools to Directly Prevent Homelessness" https://youthstateindex.com/maps/appropriations-for-schools-to-directly-prevent-homelessness/. Accessed: February 23, 2024.

Education

Access to formal education is crucial for unhoused young people for a number of reasons. Education is often a gateway to essential services, secure housing, and stable finances. Education can provide critical thinking and other skill sets that are necessary, both personally and professionally, for adulthood. Education can provide a sense of purpose and belonging, which is important for unhoused young people who are isolated or disconnected from society, including care providers and their peers.

“What I needed most was a clean space (uncluttered), a place to eat meals, transportation to and from school and activities. I did not have places to study. I have always been a high achieving student without the physical and mental space to fully feel safe and supported.”– Makayla Dawkins

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