Policy Action Alert: FY 14 Appropriations Continue

FY 2014 Appropriations—Time is of the Essence

Here at the National Network for Youth we continue to work on behalf of homeless youth and our members who are on the frontlines serving homeless youth. We are advocating for robust funding for Runaway and Homeless Youth (RHY) programs in FY 2014. Senator Patrick Leahy remains a champion for homeless and runaway youth and will be asking for continued funding to RHYA programs in his letter to the Senate Appropriations Committee. Thank you Senator Leahy for being a champion for homeless youth!

We Need Your Help! ACT NOW!!

Given the budget politics taking place, it is especially important that every U.S. Congressional Member hears from you about the need for robust funding for homeless youth, not more cuts. Members of the both the Senate and House Appropriations Committees are making decisions about what the American people care about. In particular the Labor, HHS, and Education Appropriations Subcommittees, on both the Senate and House are deciding how many throwaway and homeless youth in America deserve help. Please tell your representatives that no youth in America should be homeless, hungry, and living on the streets.

Please contact your representatives by calling the Capital Switchboard (202-224-3121). They will connect you to your federal congressional representatives, where you can tell them to prioritize and grow the safety net for runaway, homeless, and disconnected youth.

Runaway and Homeless Youth Act (RHYA) P.L.110-378

  • The President wants to see funding sustained for RHY programs at $115 million.  We are thrilled that the President also wants $3 million to be appropriated for a study on the prevalence, needs, and characteristics of homeless youth in America. This study has been part of the statutory language for ten years, but has never been funded. The lack of a comprehensive national study is likely a contributing factor for the chronic underfunding of Runway and Homeless Youth programs.
  • With an approximate $5.75 million cut suffered during the Sequester and a large gap in funding for Transitional Living Programs this year; leaving many youth on the streets and programs running at a deficit, Congress has not been acting in the best interest of our most vulnerable and hurting young people in America. We are calling on members of Congress to appropriate at least $128 million to RHYA in FY 2014.

Please use our Letter to the House and Senate, RHYA Fact Sheet, and Policy Brief as you contact your U.S. Congressional Representatives. If you would like a state specific fact sheet, please contact me at darla.bardine@nn4youth.org or 202.783.7949.


Darla Bardine


April 23, 2013

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