Facts About the Homeless Children and Youth Act

The Homeless Children and Youth Act of 2017: An Overview

The bipartisan Homeless Children and Youth Act of 2017 was reintroduced on March 14, 2017 by Senator Feinstein (D-CA), Senator Portman (D-OH), Congressman Stivers (R-OH- 15) and Congressman Loebsack (D-IA-2).  Over 1.2 million students were identified as homeless in the 2014-2015 school year, a 34 percent increase since the end of the recession in the summer of 2009. Homelessness jeopardizes the health and well-being of record numbers of children and youth, putting future generations at risk of adult homelessness.

This fact sheet details the barriers currently facing homeless children, youth and families in the U.S. and how this legislation would re-tool federal homeless assistance to allow communities more flexibility to effectively meet the unique developmental needs of homeless children, youth, and families.

Homeless Children and Youth Act of 2017: Using Federal Funding Effectively to Meet Local Needs

The Homeless Children and Youth Act of 2017 was reintroduced on March 14, 2017. This fact sheet describes how the legislation allows local communities to use federal funding effectively to target the unique needs of their homeless child and youth population, as well as help local communities leverage additional public and private resources to meet the needs of children, youth and families.

 

Take Action

Tell your U.S. Representative and U.S Senators that all homeless children and youth need help,­ no matter where they happen to be staying. Take action here.

Add your organization or office to the list of Homeless Children and Youth Act supporters. Click here to become a supporter.

Listen to Youth

There is no better way to understand homelessness than listening to the children and youth who have been through it. Listen to what they have to say.

Get the Facts

The Homeless Children and Youth Act is bi-partisan legislation that would make it easier for local communities to help homeless children, youth, and families. Get the facts.

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About the photos: Photos of children and youth experiencing homelessness provided by Diane Nilan, HEAR US Inc., used with permission. (c) 2012, Diane Nilan, HEAR US Inc.