Chief Sponsor: Gage Froerer

Senate Sponsor: Luz Escamilla

7     Cosponsors:
8     Patrice M. Arent
9     Scott H. Chew
10     Rebecca P. Edwards
11     Justin L. Fawson
Sandra Hollins
Eric K. Hutchings
David E. Lifferth
Curtis Oda
Jeremy A. Peterson
Dixon M. Pitcher
Douglas V. Sagers
Earl D. Tanner
R. Curt Webb

14     General Description:
15          This joint resolution of the Legislature designates the month of November as
16     "Homeless and Runaway Youth Awareness Month."
17     Highlighted Provisions:
18          This resolution:
19          ▸     designates the month of November as "Homeless and Runaway Youth Awareness
20     Month"; and
21          ▸     recognizes the efforts of those addressing the problem of youth homelessness.
22     Special Clauses:
23          None

25     Be it resolved by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
26          WHEREAS, between 900 and 5,000 youth in Utah experience homelessness each year,
27     the majority of whom are forced to live outdoors, on the streets, or in other places unfit for
28     human habitation;

29          WHEREAS, families with children are the fastest growing segment of the homeless
30     population and now account for approximately one-third of all homeless individuals;
31          WHEREAS, homeless and runaway youth are more likely to become chronically
32     homeless adults later in life;
33          WHEREAS, 32% of homeless youth attempt suicide;
34          WHEREAS, many youth experience isolation and trauma while homeless, which can
35     lead to depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder;
36          WHEREAS, one of every three homeless youth will take illegal drugs for the first time
37     while homeless;
38          WHEREAS, many homeless youth are lured into prostitution within 48 hours of
39     leaving home and are susceptible to becoming victims of human trafficking;
40          WHEREAS, homeless youth are typically too poor to secure basic needs, are unable to
41     access adequate medical or mental health care, and often engage in "survival sex" in exchange
42     for food, clothing, or shelter;
43          WHEREAS, 12-36% of youth in foster care will experience homelessness at least once
44     after exiting foster care;
45          WHEREAS, homeless youth are most often expelled from their homes without
46     adequate resources after being physically, sexually, or emotionally abused by their guardians or
47     after being separated from their parents through death, divorce, or family rejection;
48          WHEREAS, 75% of homeless or runaway youth have dropped out of school or will
49     drop out of school; and
50          WHEREAS, a heightened awareness of the tragedy of youth homelessness and its
51     causes is essential for programs involving businesses, families, law enforcement agencies,
52     schools, and community and faith-based organizations to be effective at helping youth remain
53     off the streets, and for making youth homelessness prevention a local and state priority:
54          NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Legislature of the state of Utah
55     designates the month of November as "Homeless and Runaway Youth Awareness Month" and
56     encourages businesses, organizations, and volunteers to continue to intensify their efforts to

57     address the needs of homeless and runaway youth.
58          BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Legislature supports the values and efforts of
59     businesses, organizations, and volunteers who are dedicated to preventing youth homelessness
60     and to meeting the needs of homeless children and teens.
61          BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Legislature applauds the initiative taken, and
62     the time and resources donated by businesses, organizations, and volunteers, to increase the
63     public's awareness of the problems of youth homelessness and increase awareness of the causes
64     and potential solutions for youth homelessness, and also applauds the work they have
65     performed through effective public and private partnerships to prevent homelessness among
66     children and teens.