Published On: March 23, 20172.5 min read468 words

Summit 2017 a Snowy Success

NN4Y Youth Advisors open the Summit.

Last week, advocates from around the country convened in Washington, DC for the 2017 National Summit on Youth Homelessness to discuss the intersection of youth and young adult homelessness practice and policy. By sharing practice and policy solutions with each other, everyone lefter better equipped to address address youth and young adult homelessness.


During Day 1, Executive Director Darla Bardine provided all of our attendees with an update on where the Network is as an organization and our vision for the future of the youth and young adult homelessness movement. With breakout presentations and lightning round speakers, day one gave our attendees information and resources on current trends in preventing and responding to youth and young adult homelessness.

Our general policy session prepared our attendees with updates on NN4Y’s legislative priorities and armed them with information for Hill day meetings on Tuesday. During our evening networking reception, NN4Y was privileged to honor Debby Shore, Board Chair, for her many years of dedicated service to NN4Y and the youth and young adult homelessness movement.


Keynote Speaker Robert Egger, founder of D.C. and L.A. Central Kitchens

With snow falling across the DC region, our second day started with last minute preparations for our attendees to successfully participate in meetings on Capitol Hill with their federal representatives. Our luncheon keynotes were from U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) and D.C. and L.A. Central Kitchen founder Robert Egger.

Keynote Speaker Senator Robert Portman (OH)

During his remarks, Sen. Portman announced the introduction of the Homeless Children and Youth Act, with Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), along with companion legislation in the House introduced by Representatives Steve Stivers (R-OH) and Dave Loebsack (D-IA). This important legislation will align homeless assistance eligibility criteria with other federal programs, to allow communities to effectively and flexibly use and coordinate federal funding to meet their local needs and the unique developmental needs of youth and young adults experiencing homelessness. Learn more about how you can help support the Homeless Children and Youth Act below.

Finally, day two concluded with a presentation on NN4Y’s new Policy Brief and transition recommendations to the new Administration, along with our annual Federal Agency Roundtable Discussion. During the Roundtable Discussion, which included participants from HUD, ED, DOL, DOJ and USICH (HHS was unfortunately unable to join because of the snowy conditions in DC), each federal agency reviewed their work on youth and young adult homelessness in 2016, and committed to specific action items for 2017.

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Ballroom full of Summit participants.