Mara Powell

Statement from Dr. Terry Brooks, executive director of Kentucky Youth Advocates

LOUISVILLE, KY – Youth experiencing homelessness while unaccompanied by an adult deserve the ability to find stability and escape poverty, yet they face significant barriers required to obtain essential documents, such as an ID. House Bill 21, sponsored by Representative Randy Bridges, seeks to address just that by updating Kentucky’s homeless ID law to allow unaccompanied homeless youth to get an ID without parental permission.

We applaud Representative Bridges for championing HB 21 and the Kentucky House for unanimously supporting its passage today. As this bill advances to the Senate for consideration, we urge our Senators to support HB 21 so youth experiencing homelessness can be set on a path to finding stability where they live, how they earn, and as a vital member of the Commonwealth.

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About Kentucky Youth Advocates
Kentucky Youth Advocates believes all children deserve to be safe, healthy, and secure. As THE independent voice for Kentucky’s children, we work to ensure policymakers create investments and policies that are good for children. Learn more at