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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 returning some funds lost through sequestration to the Runaway and Homeless Youth Act (RHYA) and Education for Homeless Children and Youth (EHCY) programs through providing $115 million for RHYA and an additional $3 million for an incidence and prevalence study, and $65 million for EHCY.
The House and Senate Appropriations Committees released their compromised, finalized FY 2014 funding legislation on January 15, which quickly passed through both chambers of congress and was signed into law by the President on January 17. The legislation included approximately $114 million for Runaway and Homeless Youth Act programs and $65 million for EHCY programs, representing slight increases for both programs and a return to pre-sequestration FY 2012 funding levels.
For now, the appropriations process will take a brief break, and will begin again with the release of the President’s FY 2015 Budget Proposal at some point in February.
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.