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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) 2015 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 the Departments of Health and Human Services, Labor and Education. However, the full text of the bill, including the funding levels for the RHYA and EHCY programs, was not released. The House Appropriations Subcommittee on HHS did not releas nor mark up an FY 2015 appropriations bill.
Since Congress was not able to finalize FY 2015 funding for federal programs (including HHS and Education programs), via the regular appropriations process in time for the start of the fiscal year, a continuing resolution (CR), or stopgap funding measure, was passed to fund the government at FY 2014 levels through December 11. At this point, Congress will either need to pass an omnibus spending bill finalizing FY 2015 funding for federal programs, including RHYA and EHCY, or pass another short- or long-term CR to keep government programs funded at current levels ($114 million for RHYA and $65 million for EHCY).
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.