DeVonís bill helping homeless youth could soon be law

DeVonís bill helping homeless youth could soon be law

Posted by: Adam Kern  | Tuesday, April 23, 2019

STATEHOUSE (April 23, 2019) — Legislation sponsored by Rep. Dale DeVon (R-Granger) allowing certain adults to help homeless youth obtain identification documents could soon become law.

According to the Indiana State Board of Education Annual Report on Homeless Youth Educational Outcomes, there are approximately 19,789 homeless youth in Indiana’s public schools, 1,164 of which are unaccompanied by their parents. DeVon said these homeless youth face challenges and obstacles when obtaining necessary documents and identification to enter the workforce, find housing or take exams without parental consent.

“Our goal is to help these kids, and this measure could assist them in breaking the cycle of homelessness, and open opportunities for their careers and future,” DeVon said. “This legislation will make it easier for homeless youth to gain their necessary identification documents by allowing a qualified representative to access them on their behalf.”

DeVon said that it is important for homeless youth to have access to birth certificates, photo IDs, driver’s licenses, and the High School Equivalency exam in order to become a functional member of society.

Senate Enrolled Act 464 is now eligible for further action by the governor. To learn more, visit iga.in.gov.

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State Rep. Dale DeVon (R-Granger) represents House District 5, 
which includes portions of St. Joseph County.
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