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FY 2013 RHYA Appropriations: Sample Congressional Talking Points
National Alliance to End Homelessness
Advocacy Resource | February 21, 2012
Files: PDF | 293 KB | 1 pageProviding $127 million for RHYA programs in FY 2013 would allow communities to continue existing RHYA programs and better meet the housing and services needs of homeless and runaway youth.
Need. Researchers estimate that there are approximately 1.6 million runaway or homeless youth under 18 each year. Approximately 400,000 of these children remain outside their home for over a week, and 125,000 are homeless for over a month. Additionally, an estimated 150,000 single young adults ages 18 to 24 are homeless each year, along with many young women and children. Resources to serve this population are greatly needed. Every year, thousands of youth who seek shelter are turned away. Describe the homeless youth population in your community and how the scope of youth homelessness compares to the need for increased resources to address this problem.
Success. Describe the success of local RHYA programs. Discuss the number of children/youth served locally and the effectiveness and outcomes from these programs.
I hope we can count on you to work with your colleagues on the Appropriations Committee to provide $127 million for HHS’ Runaway and Homeless Youth Act programs in the final FY 2013 appropriations bill.
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