Last week, the Homeless Children and Youth Act (H.R. 1511/S. 611) was introduced in the U.S. Senate and in the U.S. House of Representatives. 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.
HCYA corrects these shortcomings by aligning HUD homeless assistance eligibility criteria with other federal programs, and allowing communities to effectively and flexibly use and coordinate federal funding to meet their local needs – including the unique developmental needs of children, youth, and young adults experiencing homelessness.
Take Action to Support HCYA Today:
- Urge your Members of Congress to sign-on as co-sponsors of H.R. 1511/S. 611.
- Sign your organization on to a letter to Congress to show support.
- Spread the word to community partners, colleagues, and others.