Published On: April 12, 20221.2 min read241 words

We will not effectively address homelessness in America unless we focus resources and bold investments on young people.

Please send an email today to your U.S. Representative and ask them to sign the Yarmuth-Bacon-Davis letter supporting Fiscal Year (FY) 2023 funding for children and youth experiencing homelessness.  

The more U.S. Representatives who sign the letter, the greater the show of support for enacting these critical funding levels in the FY23 budget:

  • $300 million for the Runaway and Homeless Youth Act (RHYA) program 
  • $800 million for the McKinney-Vento Act’s Education for Homeless Children and Youth (EHCY) program

The deadline for the House letter is April 22, 2022.

It is time that Congress recognizes the critical role of programs funded through the Runaway and Homeless Youth Act (RHYA) and provides $300 million for FY23. An increased appropriation would help move our American communities significantly closer to meeting the largely unmet need of providing support services and housing options for minors and young adults experiencing homelessness. 

RHYA programs prevent trafficking, identify survivors, and provide services to runaway, homeless, and disconnected youth, yet only 25% of applicants currently receive funding. With increased appropriation, young people will be empowered to thrive as they transition to adulthood.