Homeless Youth Justice Program

There’s a massive misconception about what makes these kids homeless. A lot of people will think that they just run away because they don’t want their parents to tell them what to do. And that is absolutely not the case. You don’t find yourself on the street and think, ‘This is better than being at home,’ unless it’s better than being at home.
— Ben Hayes, HYJP Program Manager

Need to Talk to an Attorney? Free legal services are available for homeless youth, ages 16-24.

The Homeless Youth Justice Program allows the Clinic to provide legal services to a particularly vulnerable population—homeless teenagers and young adults.  By partnering with Outreach, Inc. and other organizations that provide supportive services, the Clinic can help these clients deal with a variety of legal issues, such as family law issues, accessing education, dealing with domestic violence, accessing benefits, obtaining identification, and more.

This service is available to homeless youth, ages 16-24, in Marion and the surrounding counties.



Here are some questions about civil legal issues that the Neighborhood Christian Legal Clinic can seek to answer for you:

  • Is emancipation right for me? Am I eligible?
  • What steps do I take to get a birth certificate/SS/ID?
  • What are my legal rights and responsibilities as a father?
  • I have a case with DCS that seems stuck —  where do I go from here?
  • Is bankruptcy right for me?
  • I am being evicted — is it legal?
  • Someone stole my ID and now I have unpaid debts — what do I do?
  • I received a collection letter — what are my options?
  • What is the Indiana expungement law and do I qualify for it?