No young person should ever experience homelessness. Yet, each year, an estimated 4.2 MILLION youth and young adults experience homelessness. 

While our local cross-system collaboratives are a proven framework for ending youth homelessness in communities, new Federal initiatives, both legislative and regulatory, can better assure the success of these collaborations.

In Washington, D.C., NN4Y works to make the necessary improvements and secure new funding. Our policy agenda and priorities are driven by the young people we partner with and our national provider network.

A Presidential Agenda for Solving Youth and Young Adult Homelessness in America

The Biden-Harris Administration has an obligation and opportunity to ensure youth and young adults experiencing homelessness are at the forefront of its efforts to end all forms of homelessness in America. This co-created policy agenda believes whole-heartedly that homelessness in America can end if there is a radical shift to expand resources and implement common-sense policies that prevent and respond to youth and young adult homelessness. Click here to read the full transition plan.

Fact Sheet: 117th Congress Legislative Priorities
NN4Y Presidential Agenda
2021 Congressional Calendar

Targeted Legislation: The 117th Congress

We are working with congressional staff to have the following bills re-introduced:

Homeless Children and Youth Act (HYCA) would serve some of the most vulnerable children and youth, and prevent future homelessness.

HCYA would reform HUD homeless assistance by aligning federal definitions of homelessness. In addition, HCYA simplifies and streamlines eligibility and promotes leveraging additional resources through improved interagency collaboration. Allowing communities to assess and serve some of the most vulnerable children and youth, and prevent future homelessness.

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Every year 4.2 million youth and young adults experience homelessness on their own, of which 700,000 are youth ages 13 to 17 and 3.5 million are young adults ages 18 to 25.1. Runaway and Homeless Youth funded programs promote positive youth development, healthy connections, life skills development, education, and employment.

Runaway and Homeless Youth Act (RHYA) funds three pillars of prevention and intervention for youth and young adults at risk of and experiencing homelessness:

  1. Street Outreach
  2. Basic Center
  3. Transitional Living

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Affordable Housing Credit Improvement Act (AHCIA) of 2021 (S. 1136/H.R. 2573) would make significant strides toward addressing our nation’s severe shortage of affordable housing by expanding and strengthening the Low Income Housing Tax Credit (Housing Credit).

The National Network for Youth advocated for and is supportive of this legislation because it strengthens the student rule fix so that youth who have experienced homelessness and survivors of trafficking can access Housing Credit funded housing and pursue their education full time.

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The current economic crisis and related family stress threaten to create new waves of family and youth homelessness. Even prior to COVID-19, youth and family homelessness was at record levels: public schools identified over 1.5 million children and youth experiencing homelessness. Over 80% of these children and youth — 1,222,718 children and youth — were staying outside the formal shelter system, bouncing between temporary situations with other people or in motels, when they were first identified.

The Emergency Family Stabilization Act fills the gap by providing flexible emergency funding to the agencies that are closest to children, youth, and families. Helping children, youth, and families through the systems to which they are most connected will stabilize them quicker and more effectively, and prevent long-term homelessness.

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The Higher Education and Access and Success for Homeless and Foster Youth Act (HEASHFY) is a bipartisan and bicameral bill that will remove barriers to college enrollment, affordability, and completion for homeless and foster care involved youth. HEASHFY will require colleges and universities to improve outreach, resources, and policies for homeless and foster youth, including streamlining the FAFSA and eligibility process for financial aid, providing housing options between terms, and designating a single point of contact to help provide valuable services for these vulnerable students. It also requires the U.S. Department of Education to help resolve questions about a student’s independence, publishes usable data, and ensure its programs identify, recruit and prepare homeless and foster students for college. NN4Y urges Congress to pass the Higher Education Access and Success for Homeless and Foster Youth Act.