Gov. Rick Scott has signed a bill into law that will allow homeless minors the right to obtain copies of their birth certificate and other ID documents needed for employment, education and other purposes.
Scott signed the bill in Tampa on Wednesday during the Homeless Youth Forum, an event sponsored by the Homeless Coalition of Hillsborough County.
Prior to signing the bill, Scott and other local officials heard from six formerly homeless teens about their struggles. The young people told Scott that social service agencies such as the Coalition helped them find places to live. Most say they are continuing their education but need jobs.
According to a Department of Children and Families report released in 2011, there are about 49,000 homeless school-aged kids in Florida.