The American Bar Association has committed funds to support the development and implementation of a national Homeless Youth Legal Network (HYLN) aimed at increasing connectivity and capacity. Through this program’s innovative two-pronged legislative advocacy and legal services initiative, unaccompanied homeless youth—including those transitioning from the child welfare and juvenile justice systems—will benefit from greater legal protection, improved outcomes, and access to justice.
The HYLN will:
- Promote the coordination and implementation of legal and employment clinics for homeless and transitioning youth at pilot sites as well as through technical assistance to other communities;
- Evaluate through a collection of data and surveys the number and demographic information of youth utilizing the pilot sites, as well as their outcomes and level of satisfaction with services;
- Develop and sustain a Network of law and policy experts through the compilation of a directory and the creation of a listserv and quarterly conference calls;
- Staff a national legal services hotline for homeless youth and their providers that is equipped to triage and direct callers to the appropriate legal services provider in their community through the Network;
- Develop resources to promote best practices and model principles;
- Provide technical assistance to lawyers and advocates; and,
- Conduct trainings and webinars for lawyers and advocates on policy issues as well as substantive legal issues.
The ABA Commission on Homelessness & Poverty invites your participation as we begin developing a road map to design and implement the proposed HYLN. For more information on this initiative, please contact Kelly Russo at (202) 662-1699 or [email protected]