Youth experiencing homelessness in Connecticut face many obstacles when trying to achieve stability in their employment, education, and living situation. Many of these obstacles can be tied to the difficulty of obtaining identity documents like birth certificates and state IDs. That's why the Partnership for Strong Communities has released a new fact sheet on what the state can do to ensure access to identity documents for youth experiencing homelessness.
Currently, the Connecticut General Assembly is debating a proposal that would modernize the state's approach to identity documents for youth experiencing homelessness. As the fact sheet states, "This legislation will allow youth aged 15-24 experiencing homelessness, as verified by their school or a provider, to obtain a copy of their birth certificate and a state ID for free. The legislation specifies a definition of homelessness consistent with the federal McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act."
States including Florida, Texas, Maryland, Illinois, and California all provide fee waivers specifically for youth experiencing homelessness. These states define homelessness consistent with the federal McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act which includes youth who are “doubled up” with others- the most common form of youth homelessness.