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Laws & Legislation


  • National Network for Youth  (NN4Y) provides useful descriptions of federal statutory funding programs and policy updates relating to homeless youth.
  • National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) provides information on state legislation to combat youth homelessness previously enacted, and legislation introduced during the 2009 session.  It also identifies federal programs.
  • Homeless and Runaway Youth, National Conference of State Legislatures. (April 2010). This website offers a list of recent legislation enacted in other states to address the issue of youth homelessness, a brief history of federal policy, and suggestions for future state policy options.
  • Model State Act for Unaccompanied Runaway and Homeless Youth [short version; long version], National Alliance to End Homelessness (June 2010). A small number of states provide statutory support and funding for housing and services to homeless youth. States and local jurisdictions may use those statutory sections that best fit their needs to focus policy and funding toward this population.
  • Runaway and Homeless Youth and the Law: Model State Statutes. American Bar Association Commission on Homelessness and Poverty and National Network for Youth (2009). This publication of model statutes in major issue areas is the result of a joint project that also led to the first National Conference on Homeless Youth and the Law. [Available from the American Bar Association Bookstore.]
  • Alone Without a Home: A State by State Review of Laws Affecting Unaccompanied Youth. Patricia F. Julianelle and others, National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty and National Network for Youth (2003). This publication provides summaries, legal citations, and analyses of laws relevant to unaccompanied, homeless youth in each of the states, including California.