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The Youth REACH MD Program
The Ending Youth Homelessness Act Passed in Maryland!
Thanks in part to the work of Youth REACH MD and all of our amazing partners in ending youth homelessness, Maryland passed the Ending Youth Homelessness Act of 2018 (SB 1218) this legislative session. This is an important step in Maryland’s efforts to end and prevent youth homelessness that codifies and extends the work that Youth REACH MD and partners have done over the past five years. The Ending Youth Homelessness Act of 2018:
– Adopts the Youth REACH MD definition of youth homelessness, which defines unaccompanied homeless youth as individuals of 24 years of age or younger who are not in the physical custody of a parent or guardian and lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence;
– Makes the annual Youth REACH MD unaccompanied homeless youth count a permanent fixture under the leadership of the Department of Housing and Community Development; and,
– Provides additional grant funding to end youth homelessness and address related disparities based on race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, and gender identity by establishing the Ending Youth Homelessness Grant Program.
The Department of Housing and Community Development, Delegate Mary Washington, the University of Maryland School of Social Work, and the rest of the Youth REACH MD Coalition would like to sincerely thank all those continuing to support the Youth REACH MD effort to reach out, engage, and assist to end homelessness for youth in Maryland!
Experts agree there is a need for a coordinated and consistent approach to better understand and address youth homelessness. One of the challenges in addressing youth homelessness or housing instability is knowing how many youth and young adults are experiencing homelessness, what their experiences are like, and what are the supportive services that they need.
Youth REACH MD (Reach out, Engage, Assist, & Count to end Homelessness) is an effort to begin to address youth homelessness in Maryland by obtaining information on the number, characteristics, and needs of youth experiencing homelessness or housing instability to help inform efforts to end and prevent youth homelessness. Learn more about Youth REACH MD.