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What you should know about the Runaway Homeless Youth Act
May 12, 2010
If, for these or any other reasons, you're concerned about youth homelessness, you should know about the Runaway Homeless Youth Act (RHYA). Along with the Education for Homeless Children and Youth (EHCY) Act, RHYA is one of two federal programs aimed at helping homeless youth.
There are 3 main RHYA programs:
- The Basic Center Program, which helps meet immediate needs of runaway and homeless youth and their families including providing emergency shelter, reunification when possible, food, clothing, counseling, and access to health care;
- The Transitional Living Program, which provides funding long-term residential services to homeless youth ages 16 to 21 for up to 18 months;
- The Street Outreach Program, which funds outreach efforts designed to move youth off the streets.
We at the Alliance are now looking to Congress to appropriate $165 million to these vital programs. With our youth in crisis, the $116 million in the president's suggested FY2011 budget is simply not enough. The increase would assist about 18,000 additional homeless youth with shelter and housing services and provide for over 300,000 additional street outreach contacts and crisis intervention.
For more on ending youth homelessness, check out the Alliance's Federal Youth Policy Agenda.