Co-Chair: Mary L. Washington, Senate Co-Chair, Joint Committee on Ending Homelessness (410) 841-3145, (301) 858-3145
Co-Chair: Geraldine Valentino-Smith, House Co-Chair, Joint Committee on Ending Homelessness (410) 841-3101, (301) 858-3101

Appointed by Co-Chairs: Lauren C. Arikan; J. Sandy Bartlett; Sarah K. Elfreth; Renee Ensor-Pope; M. Blair Franklin; Katie Fry Hester; Ed Hinde; Keenan E. Jones; Carol L. Krimm; Ingrid M. Lofgren, Esq.; Lupi Quinteros-Grady; Justin D. Ready; Jo Saint-George, Esq.; Martha A. Sprow; Jessica Wheeler; Rachel H. White; Cindy Williams; Corae Young.

Ex officio: Mary L. Gable, designee of State Superintendent of Schools; Robert R. Neall, Secretary of Health; Stuart P. Campbell, designee of Secretary of Housing & Community Development; Lourdes R. Padilla, Secretary of Human Services; Sam J. Abed, Secretary of Juvenile Services.

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Legislative Services Building, 90 State Circle (from College Ave.), Annapolis, Maryland, January 2018. Photo by Diane F. Evartt.

In July 2019, the Work Group to Study Shelter and Supportive Services for Unaccompanied Homeless Minors formed by the General Assembly (Chapter 553, Acts of 2019).

The Work Group charge was to gather information on unaccompanied homeless youth and study their unique needs, while identifying what public and private sector resources are currently available to meet those needs. Further, the Work Group was to pinpoint gaps in those resources; identify barriers for accessing safe shelter; and study shelter practices in other states for unaccompanied homeless youth.

Next, the Work Group recommended changes in policy, legislation, and regulations that better provide for the needs of unaccompanied homeless youth. Recommendations on budget priorities and funding mechanisms to meet those needs also were proposed by the Work Group.

Authorization for the Work Group ended June 30, 2020.

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