January 2, 2015
MA Legislature Sends Homeless Youth Bill To Patrick
Kilian Melloy READ TIME: 1 MIN.
Massachusetts state legislature sent House Bill 4517 to Governor Deval Patrick for him to sign the bill into law. The bill instructs the Executive Office of Health and Human Services to establish programs that provide a continuum of housing and services for unaccompanied homeless youth.
Governor Patrick's last day in office in January 8, 2015. Governor-elect Charlie Baker succeeds him. Patrick is a Democrat, Baker is a Republican.
Approximately 40 per cent of homeless youth in the United States are LGBTQ, the vast majority of whom were put out by their homes by their parents. Of those homeless youth, about 40 per cent will die by suicide by age 26.
Kilian Melloy serves as EDGE Media Network's Associate Arts Editor and Staff Contributor. His professional memberships include the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association, the Boston Online Film Critics Association, The Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association, and the Boston Theater Critics Association's Elliot Norton Awards Committee.