Dear Members and Allies,

As you all know, the impact of the sequester looms. Last week, the House passed a Continuing Resolution which would keep the government operating through September 2013, (the vote was 267 to 151, with 137 Democrats voting against it). This CR provided increased funding and relief for the military, but not relief for programs affecting runaway and homeless youth. This measure is now with the Senate, where a bipartisan coalition hopes to expand the house package to give other agencies relief. We have a very short window of time; this bill needs to be passed by both the Senate and House by March 27th or the effects of the sequester will go into effect.

We have been working with other organizations to fight to protect the different funding streams that are vital to the services you provide homeless and disconnected youth. We have been signing on to letters to Congress and adding our voice to the loud chorus crying out to our Policymakers to not decrease the already underfunded runaway and homeless youth programs.

We need your voice to ring loud in the ears of Congress to protect the Runaway and Homeless Youth Act. Here you can see the letters that were faxed to every U.S. Congressional member of both the Senate and House Appropriations’ Committees.

You can do the following TODAY:

  1. Download the letter and email it directly to your contacts in your U.S. Congressional offices.
  2. Call your representative—call the United States Capitol switchboard at (202) 224-3121 and they will connect you to your representative

The across the board cuts of the sequester would affect:

  • HHS’s Runaway and Homeless Youth Act (42 U.S.C. 5601), which provides street outreach, basic centers, and transitional living for unaccompanied and homeless youth.
  • HUD’s McKinney-Vento funds, which provide education for homeless children and youth.
  • DOL’s Workforce Investment Act (WIA), which provides training and employment services to
  • HUD’s Public Housing and Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher, which provides housing assistance to transitioning youth and young adults

Contact: Darla Bardine,, 202.783.7949


Darla Bardine


March 11, 2013

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