(Jan. 30) –  Today, the House Public Health Care & Human Services Committee passed HB18-1021 – Task Force For Youth Experiencing Homelessness, introduced by Rep. Edie Hooton. This important bill would establish a task force to tackle the issue of youth homelessness in Colorado. 

“In spite of everyone’s best efforts, the number of homeless youth in Colorado continues to increase. The goal of my bill is to examine where there are redundancies and improve efficiencies, where there are gaps and how to best fill them,” said Rep. Hooton, D-Boulder. “Homeless youth who do not achieve stability and security become homeless adults, whose challenges are often much more difficult to overcome.”

The task force would consist of 21 members including organizations and individuals on the front lines of addressing youth homelessness in Colorado, representatives from human services agencies, at least two individuals who have experienced youth homelessness, state officials including representatives from the Division of Housing, Attorney General’s Office, Office of Adult and Juvenile Justice, and the Division of Child Welfare. 

The bill passed the Public Health Care and Human Services Committee on a vote of 11-2 and now goes to the Appropriations Committee. 

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