Congress has just passed the FY2020 budget and is on it way to the President’s desk to be signed. The budget includes increased funding for programs serving young people who are at-risk of and are experiencing homelessness. 

Below is a summary of funding and final report and statutory language for programs serving youth experiencing homelessness.

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services text here

  • Runaway and Homeless Youth Act (RHYA): $132.4 million ($5 million increase from FY 2019) 
  • Head Start: $10.6 billion ($550 million increase from FY 2019)
  • Family Violence Prevention and Services Act 303(a)(2): $175 million ($11 million increase from FY 2019)
  • Family Violence Prevention and Services Act 309: $7 million ($2 million increase from FY 2019) 
  • Family First Act Implementation: $500 million — page 1485 here
  • Family Unification Program: $25 million (confirm) — page 1112 here 
    • $5 million for traditional FUP vouchers 
    • $20 million for youth 
  • New incremental voucher assistance to assist eligible youth: $20 million
    • $10 million of this will be distributed through a competitive NOFA 
    • $10 million will be provided through a non-competitive process 

Runaway and Homeless Youth Act Programs report language: 

Within 120 days of enactment of this Act, ACF is directed to brief the Committees on the feasibility of coordinating with the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s ongoing study on the incidence, prevalence, needs, and characteristics of youth homelessness and housing instability, including geographic differences and vulnerable populations that have not yet been studied. 

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)  text here

  • Homeless Assistance Grants $2.77 billion (increase of $41 million from FY 2019)
  • Emergency Solution Grants: $290 million for Emergency Solution Grants ($20 million increase from FY 2019) 
  • Youth Homeless Demonstration Projects: up to $80 million of which up $10 million for TA (no increase) 

HUD Appropriations Statutory Language text here

  • Provided further, That up to $80,000,000 of the funds appropriated under this heading shall be to implement projects to demonstrate how a comprehensive approach to serving homeless youth, age 24 and under, in up to 25 communities with a priority for communities with substantial rural populations in up to eight locations, can dramatically reduce youth homelessness: 
  • Provided further, That of the amount made available under the previous proviso, up to $10,000,000 shall be available to provide technical assistance on improving system responses to youth homelessness, and collection, analysis, use, and reporting of data and performance measures under the comprehensive approaches to serve homeless youth, in addition to and in coordination with other technical assistance funds provided under this title: 
  • Provided further, That the Secretary may use up to 10 percent of the amount made available under the previous proviso to build the capacity of current technical assistance providers or to train new technical assistance providers with verifiable prior experience with systems and programs for youth experiencing homelessness: 
  • Provided further, That amounts made available for the Continuum of Care program under this heading in this and prior Acts may be used to competitively or non-competitively renew or replace grants for youth homeless demonstration projects under the Continuum of Care program, notwithstanding any conflict with the requirements of the Continuum of Care program:
  • Provided further, That youth aged 24 and under seeking assistance under this heading shall not be required to provide third party documentation to establish their eligibility under 42 U.S.C. 11302(a) or 3(b) to receive services: 
  • Provided further, That unaccompanied youth aged 24 and under or families headed by youth aged 24 and under who are living in unsafe situations may be served by youth-serving providers funded under this heading: 
  • Provided further, That persons eligible under section 103(a)(5) of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act may be served by any project funded under this heading to provide both transitional housing and rapid re-housing: 
  • Provided further, That when awarding funds under the Continuum of Care program, the Secretary shall not deviate from the FY 2018 Notice of Funding Availability with respect to the tier 2 funding process, the Continuum of Care application scoring, and for new projects, the project quality threshold requirements, except as otherwise provided under this Act or as necessary to award all available funds or consider the most recent data from each Continuum of Care. 

U.S. Department of Education text here

  • McKinney-Vento Education for Homeless Children and Youth program: $101.5 million ($8 million increase from FY 2019)

Education for Homeless Children and Youth report language

The Department shall brief the Committees no later than 60 days after enactment of this Act on the resources currently being devoted to monitoring compliance with ESEA accountability and State and local report card provisions related to homeless children and youth and supporting State educational agencies (SEA) and local educational agencies (LEA) in achieving and maintaining compliance with such provisions; the internal support within other program offices in the Department being provided to assist with administration of the Education for Homeless Children and Youth (EHCY) program; and the resources available for monitoring compliance with EHCY program requirements at the SEA and LEA level. 

U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Juvenile Justice & Delinquency Prevention text here

  • Title II $63 million ($3 million increase from FY 2019) 
  • Title V total $42 million ($14.5 million increase from FY 2019) 
  • Gang and Youth Violence Education, Prevention and Intervention: 0 
  • Prevention of Trafficking of Girls: $2 million (0 in FY19)
  • Tribal Youth Program: $5 million (no increase)
  • Website for Children of Incarcerated Parents: $500k (no increase)
  • Girls in the Juvenile Justice System: $2 million (no increase)
  • Opioid-Affected Youth Initiative $10 million ($2 million increase from FY 2019) 
  • Children Exposed to Violence: $8 million (0 in FY19)
  • JBAG: 0 (0 in FY19)
  • Mentoring: $97 million ($3 million increase from FY 2019) 

NN4Y applauds Congress for moving forward this spending legislation and making many positive improvements to strengthen community and federal responses to  youth homelessness. We are grateful for our young leaders, member agencies, and national organizations who partner with us to move forward a commonsense policy platform. We look forward to continued partnership as we advocate for more effective policies and increased resources.

Don’t forget to renew your membership for 2020 and register to attend our 2020 National Summit on Youth Homelessness.


December 19, 2019

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