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.