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Youth homelessness project funded by Governor

April 1, 2014: In his Supplemental Budget released today, Gov. Martin O’Malley included $200,000 to fund the Maryland Unaccompanied Homeless Youth and Young Adult Count Demonstration Project. Del. Mary Washington requested this supplemental appropriation in conjunction with currently pending legislation that would establish the Demonstration Project: HB 794 (sponsored by Del. Washington) and SB 794 (sponsored by Sen. Edward Reilly). Please join the Public Justice Center and our partners in thanking Gov. O’Malley and Del. Washington for their leadership on behalf of homeless youth in Maryland!
The Demonstration Project, which is modeled on the federal Youth Count! initiative, will support six local communities in gathering information about the prevalence and characteristics of homeless youth and young adults who are on their own, without stable connections to family and other supports. With this data, Maryland will be poised to address the needs of this vulnerable population.
The Public Justice Center partnered with the Homeless Persons Representation Project to establish and secure funding for the Demonstration Project, with support from allies including the Youth Empowered Society Drop-in Center, Health Care for the Homeless, Advocates for Children & Youth, the Prince George’s County Department of Social Services, and the Baltimore City Mayor’s Office of Homeless Services. These partners and other organizations signed onto a letter urging Gov. O’Malley to approve Del. Washington’s supplemental budget request.

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