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FY2020 Federal Funding Advocacy
SHC strongly supports increased funding in FY2020 for the two federal programs specifically targeted to support children and youth experiencing homelessness: the McKinney-Vento Act’s Education for Homeless Children and Youth program (EHCY) and the Runaway and Homeless Youth Act (RHYA) programs. The EHCY program removes barriers to the enrollment, attendance, and success of homeless children and youth in school. Without this specific, targeted assistance, homeless children and youth are unlikely to benefit from any investment in education, and are at much higher risk of experiencing homelessness as adults. The RHYA program serves homeless youth by meeting their immediate needs, providing long-term residential services, and conducting prevention and outreach efforts to move youth out of homelessness. Without emergency and transitional housing and crisis intervention, homeless youth are at even greater risk for trafficking and other life-threatening conditions.
The U.S. House of Representatives has passed H.R. 2740, its FY2020 Labor-HHS-Education bill, with increases for both the EHCY and RHYA programs. The U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee has not yet taken up its Labor-HHS-Education bill.
Resources and Facts
- Download a one-pager on FY2020 funding needs for the EHCY program
- Download a chart showing FY2017-2020 funding for selected education, housing, and homelessness programs
- Download a chart showing numbers of homeless children and youth identified by public schools from 2010-2016
- Download a Dear Colleague letter showing support for FY2020 funding in the U.S. House of Representatives