Homeless Youth Legal Network

 To increase legal services for youth and young adults experiencing homelessness.

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Educating Students Experiencing Homelessness (5th Ed.)

This revised edition addresses the federal educational mandates related to homeless students under the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act. The manual provides innovative strategies for educators and school administrators, state coordinators and policymakers, and advocates and attorneys to play a role in ensuring the education rights of children and youth experiencing homelessness.

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News Spotlight

Help the ABA Address the Legal Needs of Homeless Youth

New attorneys interested in working with homeless youth and looking to make a difference can join HYLN in its efforts and gain invaluable legal experience.

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About the Network

The American Bar Association created the Homeless Youth Legal Network to increase legal services for youth and young adults experiencing homelessness. The Network provides information and fosters collaboration to help attorneys and other advocates address gaps in legal services, and improve outcomes for homeless youth and young adults—including those transitioning from the child welfare system and exiting the juvenile justice system. The Network’s focus includes civil legal matters, juvenile and criminal defense, and policy/systems change for minors as well as young adults through at least age 25.


This directory includes information that legal providers have shared with the ABA Homeless Youth Legal Network regarding the services they provide to youth experiencing or at risk for homelessness.

Impact Report

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Resource Library

HYLN has collected numerous resources from the ABA and other organizations related to the representation of youth experiencing homelessness. Please contact Kelly Russo (202-662-1699) if you have additional resources for consideration.

Join Us

We welcome you to join us. Lawyers working in government or legal/public service not-for-profit organizations engaged primarily in legal- or policy-based advocacy for low income persons qualify for reduced dues as members of the American Bar Association.

Donate to HYLN

Support youth experiencing homelessness and the attorneys and advocates serving them by advancing education, technical assistance, toolkits, and other resources.

Join the Listserv

Email homeless@americanbar.org to join the Homeless Youth Legal Network Listserv.

Model State Statutes

Model state statutes address a wide spectrum of issues and local advocates must choose their focus. HYLN is equipped to facilitate trainings and discussions related to the following: Runaway and Homeless Youth Act; Youth Housing; Juvenile Justice Reentry Practices; Transitioning from Foster Care Policies; Family Law; Access to Health Care; LGBT Youth Civil Rights Protections.

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