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Homeless Youth Legislation
|Runaway and Homeless Youth Act (RHYA) programs help prevent exploitation of youth on the streets and support reconnection to their families, schools, employment, and housing options.|
The President's Budget Proposal for fiscal year (FY) 2014 recommends providing level funding to the Runaway and Homeless Youth Act (RHYA) and Education for Homeless Children and Youth (EHCY) programs through providing $114 million for RHYA and $65 million for EHCY. The budget also proposes an additional $2 million for an incidence and prevalence study of unaccompanied youth homelessness.
On Tuesday, June 10, the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Health and Human Services, which sets funding levels for the RHYA and EHCY programs, among others, marked up its FY 2015 funding bill for programs under its jurisdiction, including all programs within HHS. The full text of the bill has not yet been released. More information will be provided here on the funding levels for the RHYA and EHCY programs shortly.
The House Appropriations Subcommittee on HHS has not yet released and marked up its FY 2015 appropriations bill.
About RHYA Programs
RHYA was up for reauthorization in 2013; however, it is unlikely that the 113th Congress will take up a reauthorization bill for the program, though that remains to be seen for 2014.
For more information on the RHYA and EHCY programs, see the National Network for Youth’s webpage here.