Homeless Children and Youth Act:
A Couch is Not a Home

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The Homeless Children and Youth Act (H.R. 1511/S. 611) was introduced on March 13, 2017 in the Senate by Senator Portman (R-OH) and Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and in the House by Congressman Steve Stivers (R-OH) and Congressman Loebsack (D-I). The Homeless Children and Youth Act (HCYA) would ensure that communities are able to use the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Homeless Assistance Grants flexibly, effectively, and appropriately to meet the unique needs of the children, youth and young adults, and families experiencing homelessness in their communities.

What HCYA Does

  • Allows communities to serve some of the most vulnerable youth and young adults by aligning HUD Homeless Assistance eligibility criteria with other federal programs, including the Runaway and Homeless Youth Act and Violence Against Women Act programs.

  • Provides flexibility to local communities to use available resources to meet the needs that they identify, by ensuring that housing and services are tailored to the unique needs of each individual homeless population, including youth and young adults and homeless families.

  • Increases visibility and awareness of youth and young adults experiencing homelessness through data transparency and more accurate counts, thus helping communities to leverage and attract more public/private resources to address homelessness.

Current Status

Over 400 organizations support the Homeless Children and Youth Act (H.R. 1511/S. 611), including 58 national organizations.  Join the movement!

Endorsing Organizations

NN4Y proudly supports the Homeless Children and Youth Act (H.R. 1511/S. 611).

NN4Y Statement on HCYA

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
Watch the Hearing

On April 29, 2015, the U.S. Senate Appropriations Transportation, Housing & Urban Development Subcommittee held a hearing on HUD’s Efforts to Prevent & End Youth Homelessness.

Watch the Hearing
read the testimony of the witnesses

Action Needed

  • 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 members of congress and tell them to cosponsor the Homeless Children and Youth Act (HCYA) to house homeless youth. The US Capitol Switchboard at 202.224.3121 can connect you to your federal representatives.
  • Sign your organization onto a national sign-on letter in support of HCYA.
  • Share this Action Alert with your network:

ACTION ALERT: Tell US Congress that a couch is not a home: tinyurl.com/HCYA2017  #hcya #EndYouthHomelesness

ACTION ALERT: Homeless youth need housing! Tell US Congress a couch is not a home: tinyurl.com/HCYA2017  #hcya #EndYouthHomelesness

Send an Email to Congress!

Enter your zip code HERE to send a message to your Senators and Representative urging them to become a co-sponsor of the Homeless Children and Youth Act.

Please be sure to edit the sample letter on the page to explain why YOU support this bill, including any local, or state information—especially examples of families or youth with whom you have worked who would benefit from this legislation. If you are writing on behalf of an agency, please describe what your program or agency does. The more you personalize the letter, the better.

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