On April 1, 2019 the Homeless Children and Youth Act (H.R. 2001) was reintroduced in the U.S. House of Representatives by Congressmen Steve Stivers (R-OH) and Dave Loebsack (D-IA).

This bipartisan legislation corrects long-standing flaws in U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) homeless assistance for children, youth, and families.

What the Homeless Children and Youth Act (HCYA) Does

Take Action

Take two minutes to use this easy online form to send a critical message to your U.S. Representative.

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Get the Facts

Use this fact sheet to advocate for the Homeless Children and Youth Act.

Fact Sheet

Youth of Color are disproportionately impacted by HUD’s current policies. Learn more.

Youth of Color Disproportionately Impacted

NN4Y proudly supports the Homeless Children and Youth Act.

NN4Y Statement on HCYA

Join the Movement

Over 400 organizations support the Homeless Children and Youth Act, including 58 national organizations.  Join the movement!

Endorsing Organizations

Current Status

On May 17, 2018, the U.S. House of Representatives Financial Services Subcommittee on Housing and Insurance held a hearing entitled “An Overview of Homelessness in America”. Several witnesses addressed the unique needs of children, youth and young adults and families in accessing housing and services to prevent and respond to homelessness. Rep. Stivers, a member of the subcommittee and sponsor of H.R. 1511, highlighted how HCYA can help address the unique needs of youth and young adults.

Hearing Information
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Action Needed

  • Urge your U.S. Representative to sign-on as a co-sponsor of H.R. 2001.

    • Send a email to your members of congress instantly by putting in your contact information into the form at right. Tell your U.S. Senator and U.S. Representatives that all homeless children and youth need help—no matter where they happen to be staying!
    • Call your U.S. Representative’s office and ask for the person who handles housing. Tell them why you support HCYA, and urge the U.S. Representative to sign on. Ask for the staff’s email address to send a follow-up email. Contact information may be found here.
    • Write a letter to your U.S. Representative. Fax it or deliver it to your U.S. Representative’s local office. You can download this sample letter in Microsoft Word and personalize it with local or state information. Contact information may be found here.
  • Sign your organization on as a supporter of HCYA here.

  • Spread the word to community partners, colleagues, and others. HCYA Social Media Toolkit.