FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

YESTERDAY (AUGUST 1, 2013) – Congresswoman Gwen Moore (WI-D) and Congressman Mark Pocan (WI-D) introduced legislation supporting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) runaway and homeless youth. The Runaway and Homeless Youth Inclusion Act, would add LGBT specific language to the existing Runaway and Homeless Youth Act (RHYA), which is the sole federal law targeted at preventing and providing emergency housing and family intervention services for America’s runaway, homeless and other disconnected youth.

The National Network for Youth applauds Congresswoman Moore and Congressman Pocan’s leadership on this issue and looks forward to continuing to work together to expand access to best practices for America’s LGBT homeless youth.

For more information about recommended best practices for serving LGBT homeless youth, click here.

Our letter of support for this legislation is below.

NN4Y Support Letter

CONTACT: Darla Bardine (National Network for Youth) 202-783-7949

About the National Network for Youth

The National Network for Youth (NN4Y), founded in 1974, is the nation’s leading network of homeless and runaway youth programs. The Network champions the needs of runaway, homeless, and other disconnected youth through strengthening the capacity of community-based services, facilitating resource sharing, and educating the public and policy makers. NN4Y members serve over 2.5 million youth annually across the country, working collaboratively to prevent youth homelessness and the inherent risks of living on the streets, including exploitation, human trafficking, criminal justice involvement, or getting killed on the streets. For more information about the National Network for Youth, visit www.nn4youth.org.