Skip Navigation
Resource Library

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

Study or Report
2012 Source: National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty (NLCHP)

Each year, an estimated 1.6 million children and youth (ages 12-17) experience homelessness without a parent or guardian. unaccompanied homeless youth face numerous legal barriers that often complicate their attempts to meet the basic necessities of life on their own and prevent them from reaching out for assistance to state agencies and service providers that could otherwise help them. This report reviews the state of current law in 12 key issue areas that affect the lives and future prospects of unaccompanied homeless youth in all 50 U.S. states and 6 territories.

National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty (NLCHP)

The National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty, a 501(c)3 based in Washington, D.C., is the only national legal group dedicated to ending and preventing homelessness.