Senators. Feinstein (D-CA) + Portman (R-OH) + Baldwin (D-WI) reintroduced the Homeless Children and Youth Act (HYCA) on April 29, 2021. This bill would change HUD defines homelessness so that more children in unstable housing situations can get access to federal aid.

This bipartisan legislation corrects long-standing flaws in the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Homeless Assistance Grant (HAG) program that most severely impacts children, youth, and families.

Why is the Homeless Children and Youth Act (HYCA) (S.1469) important?

Because accurately defining homelessness is a first step towards ending youth homelessness.

Homelessness jeopardizes the health and well-being of record numbers of children and youth, putting future generations at risk of chronic adult homelessness. Communities need to be able to use HUD Homeless Assistance funding more flexibly, effectively, and appropriately to meet the needs of children, youth, and families.

What You Need To Know

  • HUD’s narrow and arbitrary definition of homelessness excludes some of the most vulnerable children, youth, + families from getting assistance.

  • HCYA aligns HUD’s definition of homelessness with the definitions used by other federal programs.

  • HUD’s Point in Time (PIT) count leaves out many homeless children, youth, and families, keeping them invisible and limiting public and private action.

  • HYCA would give communities a more complete picture of homelessness among all who experience it, organizations to more accurately and effectively respond.

HCYA Fact Sheet

Tell your senators to take action on HYCA now!