Congress returns from recess this week, and there will be no shortage of activity. Children, youth, and families experiencing homelessness need your active involvement in the legislative process – without local action, there can be no progress. Below are two policy areas ripe for action:

1.Support adequate funding for the McKinney-Vento Act’s Education for Homeless Children and Youth (EHCY) program and the Runaway and Homeless Youth Act (RHYA) programs:

  • Sign your organization on to letters urging Congress to fully fund the Education for Homeless Children and Youth program, the Runaway and Homeless Youth Act program, and HUD homeless assistance programs. Please share with community partners. The deadline is APRIL 28, 2017.
  • Meet with, and/or send a letter to your U.S. Senators and U.S. Representative in support of EHCY and RHYA funding. We’ve created a sample letter in Microsoft Word. Download the letter, edit it, and send one version to your U.S. Representative, and one version to both of your U.S. Senators.

2. Support the Homeless Children and Youth Act (H.R. 1511/S. 611). This important bipartisan legislation addresses two long-standing flaws in federal homeless policy: 1) arbitrary eligibility criteria that exclude some of the most vulnerable children, youth, and families from HUD Homeless Assistance; and 2) federal mandates that have forced communities to prioritize programs for certain populations and program models, regardless of local needs.

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