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.