The Runaway and Homeless Youth and Trafficking Prevention Act (RHYTPA) of 2019 (H.R. 5191/S. 2916) needs to be reintroduced in the 117th Congress and would enact critical changes that would increase young people’s ability to access pathways to independence, socioeconomic mobility, and success.

RHYA received a short-term reauthorization in 2018 and is in need of a full programmatic reauthorization that makes key updates to this program.  RHYA funds three pillars of prevention and intervention for youth and young adults at risk of and experiencing homelessness:

  • Street Outreach (SOP): education, treatment, counseling, and referrals to vital services
  • Basic Center (BCP): temporary shelter, counseling, family reunification services, and aftercare services
  • Transitional Living (TLP): longer-term housing with supportive services, including Maternity Group Homes for pregnant and parenting youth

The Runaway and Homeless Youth and Trafficking Prevention Act is a bipartisan and bicameral bill that provides a comprehensive reauthorization to RHYA. Key program updates include:

  • Increases the allowable length of stay from 21 to 30 days or the max as allowed by state law for BCPs.
  • Increases the number of BCP beds from 12 to 20 except when state law or regulations allow for higher.
  • Increases the age of eligibility from 21 to 25 for TLPs.
  • Updates existing language to SOPs
  • Increases authorized appropriations levels to $300 million annually

NN4Y is working to pass the Runaway and Homeless Youth and Trafficking Prevention Act to fully reauthorize this critical federal program.

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