Congressional negotiators have reached an agreement on legislation to fund the federal government for the remainder of Fiscal Year (FY) 2017. The final FY2017 appropriations bill includes increases in federal funding for homelessness programs, including a 10% increase in funding for the Education for Homeless Children and Youth (EHCY Program). Funding for selected homelessness programs include:
- The McKinney-Vento Act’s Education for Homeless Children and Youth (EHCY) Program: $77 million, which is a $7 million increase over FY2016.
- Runaway and Homeless Youth Act Funding: $119 million, which is the same amount as FY2016.
- HUD Homeless Assistance Grants: $2.383 billion, which is a $133 million increase over FY2016. This funding includes $43 million for projects in up to 11 communities to demonstrate how a comprehensive approach to serving homeless youth can reduce youth homelessness.
The legislation is expected to be voted on this week. Congress then will turn its attention to the FY2018 budget. President Trump is expected to release a detailed version of his FY2018 proposal this month.
SchoolHouse Connection and National Network for Youth urge service providers, educators, and all who are concerned with the well-being of homeless children, families, and youth to meet with, and/or send a letter to your U.S. Senators and U.S. Representative in support of EHCY and RHYA funding in the FY 2018 budget.