NN4Y works with our partners to advocate for policies to reform systems that put young people in vulnerable situations and strengthen communities’ capacity to effectively prevent and respond to youth homelessness and human trafficking — focusing on BIPOC and LGBTQ+ youth taking a cross-system approach that includes education, child welfare, employment, housing, and juvenile justice system reform.


Our advocacy agenda focuses on the following opportunities to change policies to transform systems:

Targeted Legislation

Regulation Changes

Increased Funding Directed Specifically to Youth

Coordination and Collaboration Across Programs


The 117th Congress

A new session of Congress has officially begun which means that all of our legislation needs to be reintroduced.  We are working with congressional staff to have the following bills re-introduced:


A Presidential Agenda for Solving Youth and Young Adult Homelessness in America

This policy agenda was created in collaboration with our community partners, members of our National Youth Advisory Council, and service provider members who sit on our Policy Advisory Committee.

This co-created policy agenda believes whole-heartedly that homelessness in America can end if there is a radical shift to expand resources and implement common sense policies that prevent and respond to youth and young adult homelessness.

Full Transition Plan

Policy recommendations by federal agency:

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