2015 RHYA Reauthorization Activities
April 22, 2015
Today, the majority of the U.S. Senate voted in favor of S.290/S.262 to reauthorize the Runaway and Homeless Youth Act, but the vote fell four votes short of the required 60 votes. Read NN4Y’s Press Release is archived here.
April 14, 2015
Congressman Dave Reichert (R-WA) and Congressman John Yarmuth (D-KY) introduced a bipartisan bill to reauthorize the Runaway and Homeless Youth Act (RHYA) (42 U.S.C. 5701 et seq.). The Runaway and Homeless Youth and Trafficking Prevention Act of 2015 (RHYTPA) (H.R. 1779) includes provisions related to human trafficking, adds a nondiscrimination clause, expands family reconnection services, and increases the allowable length of stay for Basic Center Programs from 21 to 30 days to give young people and their families more time to access reunification services when needed. H.R. 1779 is a companion bill to S.262 which was introduced in the U.S. Senate on January 27, 2015 by Senator Leahy (D-VT) and Senator Collins (R-ME).
January 27, 2015
Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) introduced S.262, a bipartisan bill to reauthorize the Runaway and Homeless Youth Act (RHYA) (42 U.S.C. 5701 et seq.). Senator Ayotte (R-NH) and Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) joined this important bipartisan effort as original bill cosponsors. The National Network for Youth has been leading the reauthorization of RHYA with its partners and convened a group of 35 experts who collaborated and developed recommendations for critical updates to the legislation.
Homeless youth experience high rates of victimization, exploitation, human trafficking, juvenile justice and child welfare involvement, and detrimental health effects. Developmentally appropriate and readily accessible trauma-informed services are critical to providing safety, health and healing to these young people.
The Runaway and Homeless Youth Act (RHYA) authorizes grant programs that provide critical services to homeless and runaway youth. In every American community, youth run away from home, are kicked out of their home, exit the juvenile justice system with nowhere to go, become orphans, and/or exit the child welfare system with no supports to enable successful transitions to adulthood. RHYA provides three different grants to communities so they can reach out to homeless youth on the streets, provide emergency housing with crisis intervention, basic life necessities, family interventions, and when necessary, longer-term housing options, including Maternity Group Homes.
The Runaway and Homeless Youth and Trafficking Prevention Act, S.262, (read the full bill text HERE) reauthorizes the Runaway and Homeless Youth Act (RHYA), making critical updates necessary to enable programs to serve homeless youth well. We need you to ensure that these critical services to America’s homeless youth are maintained and strengthened.