Every young person in America should have a safe place to call home and multiple opportunities to succeed. Young people are on the cusp of adulthood: their lives are inherently transitional. Moreover, research indicates that their brains are still developing and do not reach maturation until age 25. Implementing these recommendations is critical to ending youth homelessness and vital to stopping their trajectory into chronic adult homelessness.
Our priority FY22 policy requests are:
$300 million for the Runaway and Homeless Youth Act (RHYA) program administered by HHS, plus report language requests
$300 million for the Education for the Homeless Children and Youth (EHCY) program administered by ED
$100 million for the Youth Homeless Demonstration Program (YHDP) administered by HUD, plus report language requests
These recommendations were developed by our National Youth Advisory Council, young people who have experienced multiple forms of homelessness throughout the US, and our 300+ youth service provider member and affiliate network.