MA Lawmakers working to help homeless youth

The program would help people under the age of 24

BOSTON (WWLP) – State lawmakers are taking steps to connect homeless youth with services needed to become more independent. Nearly six-thousand high school students are either living on their own or homeless according to the state.

Budget leaders are one step closer to establishing a permanent commission that will look at ways to provide support services to young people with no home or job. The commission will focus on people under the age of 24, with no parent or guardian and no place to live.

Members will work with a number of state agencies to help homeless youth go back to school, find jobs and establish a stable housing environment.

The idea was approved by the State House Budget Committee on Monday. Next, it will go to the Senate for consideration.

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