Policy Updates

 

House Passes Career and Technical Education Bill

On June 22, the U.S. House of Representatives passed “The Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act,” HR 2353. SchoolHouse Connection applauds the passage of this legislation, which will improve access to high-quality career and technical education for youth experiencing homelessness. For many homeless youth, career and technical education may offer the best path to living-wage employment that will help them escape poverty, and therefore never experience homelessness again.

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New Video Adds Urgency to HUD Homeless Assistance Reform

A Congressional briefing and a powerful new 8-minute film lend support to the Homeless Children and Youth Act (H.R. 1511/S. 611), important bipartisan legislation that would make it easier for communities to help children, youth, and families experiencing homelessness.

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President’s FY2018 Budget Proposal and Homelessness

On May 23, the President released his Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 budget proposal. The President’s budget proposal is just that – a proposal that signals the Administration’s priorities for the nation. It is Congress that ultimately makes decisions about the budget. Nonetheless, the President’s budget proposal is cause for concern.

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Protect Federal Funding for Homeless Children and Youth 

The President’s FY2018 “skinny budget” proposes significant cuts in domestic funding. Please take action today to support the McKinney-Vento Act’s Education for Homeless Children and Youth (EHCY) program and the Runaway and Homeless Youth Act (RHYA) programs:

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