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Federal Policy Brief  |  October 26, 2012

This policy brief illustrates the historical funding of the Runaway and Homeless Youth Act (RHYA) since fiscal year (FY) 2001. The brief beaks down the historical funding of each of the three programs. Currently, the Runaway and Homeless Youth Act (RHYA) is funded at $115 million. RHYA consists of three programs dedicated to serving youth experiencing homelessness: street outreach, basic center, and transitional living programs.

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Federal Policy Brief  |  September 6, 2012

This federal policy brief describes child welfare’s National Youth in Transition Database, which collects data on the services provided to youth aging out of foster care as well as the reporting of outcomes for youth who have exited, which includes homelessness. The survey is first administered at age 17, and then again when the youth is 19 and 21.

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Federal Policy Brief  |  August 3, 2012

This is a brief summary of the interim regulations for the new consolidated Continuum of Care (CoC) program. It highlights key aspects of the new regulations under the HEARTH Act.

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Federal Policy Brief  |  July 15, 2012

Sequestration, an initial 8.4 percent across-the-board cut to discretionary federal funding, could mean significant reductions in resources serving homeless and at-risk people and a potential rise in homelessness across the country.

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Federal Policy Brief  |  July 14, 2012

The August 2011 Budget Control Act (BCA) and other upcoming budget-related issues have critical implications for efforts to prevent and end homelessness.

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Federal Policy Brief  |  April 19, 2012
As many as 20 percent of the runaway and homeless youth population identifies as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or questioning (LGBTQ). This suggests as many as 80,000 LGBTQ youth are homeless for over a week each year. These young people face particular difficulties. Ending homelessness for LGBTQ youth will require specific policies to address those difficulties.
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Federal Policy Brief  |  April 9, 2012

Youth become homeless for a variety of reasons, but the most common cause given is severe family conflict, including physical violence, sexual abuse, chronic neglect, or abandonment. LGBTQ youth often become homeless when their families are not accepting of their sexual orientation or gender identity.

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Federal Policy Brief  |  April 9, 2012

To prevent and end homelessness the field of homeless providers, advocates and researchers would greatly benefit from having only one management information system for the collection and reporting of outcomes on the size and characteristics of the homeless population.

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Federal Policy Brief  |  March 14, 2012

National RHYA Program Utilization and Program Outcomes

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Federal Policy Brief  |  February 14, 2012
The Alliance presents the organization's position on HR 32.
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Federal Policy Brief  |  January 18, 2012

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has issued a final regulation to implement changes to the definition of homelessness contained in the Homeless Emergency Assistance and Rapid Transition to Housing (HEARTH) Act. The new definition is outlined here.

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Federal Policy Brief  |  January 17, 2012

The Alliance has prepared draft comments on HUD's interim rule for the Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) program as part of the HEARTH Act. The interim rule went into effect on January 4, 2012.

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Federal Policy Brief  |  January 6, 2012

This brief distills the Alliance's findings on how HPRP and other initiatives were implemented in numerous communities. It provides six recommendations for implementing the new ESG program.

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Federal Policy Brief  |  December 22, 2011

This brief summarizes the interim rule for the Emergency Solutions Grant program.

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Federal Policy Brief  |  December 1, 2011

This document contains various charts showing Runaway and Homeless Youth Act (RHYA) utilization, statistics, and efficiency.

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