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Alone Without A Home:A State-by-State Review of Laws Affecting Unaccompanied Youth

02/13/2019 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm
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Each year, an estimated 4.2 million youth and young adults experience homelessness, 700,000 of whom are minors who are not with a parent or guardian. These youth leave home for a variety of reasons, including severe family conflict, parental abuse or neglect, parental mental health issues, or substance abuse. Once on the street, unaccompanied youth experiencing homelessness face numerous legal barriers that often complicate their attempts to meet their basic needs and obtain assistance from state agencies and service providers.

The National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty and National Network for Youth are issuing an updated edition of their Alone Without A Home report, which reviews the state of current law in 13 key issue areas that affect the lives and futures of unaccompanied youth experiencing homelessness in all 50 U.S. states and six territories. The report offers an overview of the range of approaches taken by states since the last update in 2012 and the relative prevalence of these approaches, revealing significant differences from jurisdiction to jurisdiction in many cases. The report also provides recommendations for policy changes in each of the areas, with a view towards strengthening the supports available to and legal rights of unaccompanied youth. 

This webinar will provide an overview of the report, including highlights of policies and recommendations and will feature the voice of a young person with direct experience of the barriers youth face living on their own. 


  • Marta Beresin, National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty 
  • Sharday Hamilton, National Youth Advisory Council
  • Amy Louttit, National Network for Youth 
  • Eric Tars, National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty 

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