On June 9, 2020, the Emergency Family Stabilization Act (EFSA) was introduced by U.S. Senators Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Joe Manchin (D-WV), and Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ). This legislation provides flexible funding directly to community-based organizations to meet the needs of children, families, and unaccompanied youth who are experiencing homelessness during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Why is EFSA Needed?

  • Even prior to COVID-19, youth and family homelessness were at record levels. The current economic crisis and family stress are creating new waves of youth and family homelessness. 
  • Families and youth experiencing homelessness are at great risk of coronavirus transmission, infection, and illness — as well as predation, violence, and trafficking. The coronavirus outbreak has created even more barriers to their survival, and to accessing the programs and services they need to regain their footing. Now more than ever, these children and youth need our attention. 
  • While previous coronavirus relief legislation included some funding related to homelessness, many children and youth experiencing homelessness are not eligible for it, because they are not eligible for most services provided by HUD’s Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG), and have additional needs that the ESG program does not meet. Dedicated funding is needed for the programs and systems that are uniquely positioned to help children, youth, and families immediately, and ensure their long-term stability.

What does EFSA Do?

  • EFSA creates a new emergency funding stream through the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, to provide flexible funding for community-based organizations to meet the unique needs of children, youth, and families experiencing homelessness (as defined by the education subtitle of the McKinney-Vento Act) in the wake of the coronavirus. 
  • Local agencies that currently receive ACF grants or have experience in serving children, families, and unaccompanied youth experiencing homelessness would be eligible to receive funds, including local educational agencies, and community-based, faith-based, and culturally-specific organizations.
  • Special consideration is given to pregnant women, pregnant and parenting youth, children under age 6, children with disabilities, families experiencing domestic violence, survivors of sexual assault or human trafficking, historically marginalized and underserved communities of color, and families and youth in rural areas.
  • Funds may be used for a wide range of housing, health, education, and safety-related activities.
Action Needed

Please take action today to ensure that prolonged child and youth homelessness does not result from the COVID-19 outbreak.

1. Urge your U.S. Senators to join as cosponsors of the Emergency Family Stabilization Act. Use this action form to enter your zip code, and send a letter, which you can personalize with local or state facts, as well as your own perspectives and experiences.

2. Endorse the legislation (local, state, or national organizations) by completing this google form.

Additional Resources:

Endorsing National Organizations

Alliance for Excellent Education
Alliance to End Slavery and Trafficking – ATEST
American Federation of School Administrators
American School Counselor Association
Child Care Services Association
Child Welfare League of America
Covenant House International
Family Promise
First Focus Campaign for Children
Forum for Youth Investment
Foster Club
Futures Without Violence
National Association of Elementary School Principals
National Association of School Psychologists
National Association of Social Workers
National Association of Secondary School Principals
National Coalition for the Homeless
National Congress of American Indians
National Council of Urban Indian Health
National Center for Housing & Child Welfare
National Crittenton
National Indian Child Welfare Association
National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center
National Network for Youth
National Safe Place Network
SchoolHouse Connection
School Social Work Association of America
Vital Voices
YouthBuild USA

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