On Friday, August 7, U.S. Representatives John Yarmuth (D-KY), Don Bacon (R-NE), Danny K. Davis (D-IL), and Don Young (R-AK) introduced the bipartisan Emergency Family Stabilization Act, H.R. 7950 (EFSA). This legislation is the companion bill to S. 3923, introduced in the U.S. Senate on June 10 by U.S. Senators Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Joe Manchin (D-WV), Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ), and Susan Collins (R-ME).
The House version of EFSA contains the following additions:
- Provides $2 billion in flexible funding directly to community agencies (including local educational agencies) to respond to the emergency needs of children, youth, and families experiencing homelessness in the wake of the coronavirus, using the broader definition of homelessness. (The Senate bill provides $800 million.)
- Ensures that at least one agency in each state receives a grant.
- Provides that in awarding grants, special consideration is given to meeting the needs of pregnant women, pregnant and parenting youth, children under age 6, children with disabilities, families experiencing domestic violence, survivors of sexual assault or human trafficking, LGBTQIA individuals, and racial and ethnic minority populations.
- Requires the agency that administers the funds – the Administration of Children and Families (ACF) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) — to submit a Report to Congress summarizing data gathered from grantees.
Take Action Now
Please take action today to ensure that prolonged child and youth homelessness does not result from the COVID-19 outbreak.
1. Urge your U.S. House Representatives and U.S. Senators to join as cosponsors of the Emergency Family Stabilization Act (H.R.7950/S.3923). Use this action form to enter your zip code, and send a letter, which you can personalize with local or state facts, as well as your own perspectives and experiences.
2. Endorse the legislation (local, state, or national organizations) by completing this sign-on form.