HB3212

  • Trotter’s plan to help homeless youth to become law

    Sen. Donne TrotterSPRINGFIELD – Legislation to provide homeless youth with the option of using transitional housing without the permission of their parents or guardians was signed by the Governor today.

    Sen. Donne Trotter, D-Chicago, is the Senate sponsor of House Bill 3212 that changes the Emancipation of Minors Act by allowing homeless youth between the age of 16 and 18 to live in transitional housing without being partially emancipated or getting consent.

    “This legislation will help kids, who already have so much to worry about, independently decide where they want to live, potentially leading to a brighter future,” Trotter said.

  • Trotter seeks housing options for homeless youth

    trotter 052617SPRINGFIELD – Today, legislation intended to grant homeless youth the option of using transitional housing independent of their parental status has passed the Senate. State Senator Donne Trotter (D-Chicago) is sponsoring House Bill 3212, which allows homeless minors aged 16 to 18 to live in transitional housing without being partially emancipated by a court of law or entering into family reunification. It changes the Emancipation of Minors Act and is an initiative of the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless.

    “By providing homeless youth the opportunity to consent to living in transitional housing without parental permission, we grant them the opportunity to make conscious decisions about their future," Sen. Trotter said. "Youth in difficult situations may not be able to turn to their guardians for support and it is essential that we give them the necessary tools to find a safe place to live as they put their lives in order. Living without housing is difficult and we should do all in our power to lessen the housing changes faced by homeless youth; this legislation promotes that."