RHYA 2015
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Act Now to Reauthorize the Runaway and Homeless Youth Act

  • Send an email to your U.S. House Representatives to urge them to cosponsor H.R. 1779, the Runaway and Homeless Youth and Trafficking Prevention Act (RHYTPA). It is critical that you add your local community perspective and expertise to the form email provided. Send your emails now: http://bit.ly/RHYNeedHousing

    Send an email to your U.S. Senators instantly to urge them to pass S. 262, the Runaway and Homeless Youth and Trafficking Prevention Act (RHYTPA). It is critical that you add your local community perspective and expertise to the form email provided. Send your emails now: tinyurl.com/passRHYTPA

  • Organizational Sign-on to this letter to show your organization’s support for the Runaway and Homeless Youth and Trafficking Prevention Act (S.262 and H.R. 1779) to reauthorize the Runaway and Homeless Youth Act (RHYA). You can read and sign the letter to U.S. Congress HERE which summarizes some of the important updates. SHOW YOUR SUPPORT TODAY!
  • Share this sign-on opportunity with your network: tinyurl.com/RHYA2015

ACT NOW: Reauthorize #RHYA2015. Send an email to your U.S. Reps. and ask them to #passRHYTPA : http://bit.ly/RHYNeedHousing #EndYouthHomelessness
NO MORE #homelessyouth – Urge your Senator to reauthorize RHYA! Download @nn4youth’s template: http://tinyurl.com/LetterRHYA2015 #RHYA2014
ACT NOW: Urge Congress to pass RHYA reauthorization! Check out @nn4youth’s action steps: http://tinyurl.com/RHYA2015 #homelessyouth #RHYA2014 #RHYTPA

The Runaway and Homeless Youth Act Provides:

Street Outreach Programs

Outreach to runaway, homeless and human trafficked youth to build relationships and refer youth to vital services at street locations and drop-in centers.

Basic Center Programs

Temporary housing with crisis intervention services to minors including counseling, family reunifications and aftercare.

Transitional Living Programs

Longer-term housing with supportive services for homeless 16- to 20-year-olds, including education, job preparation, health care–funds Maternity Group Homes.

National Study of the Prevalence, Needs and Characteristics of Homeless Youth in America

Collects data about the runaway and homeless youth population in the United States in order to scale-to-need the crisis prevention and intervention services homeless youth need to thrive.

National Communication System for Runaway and Homeless Youth

National Runaway Safeline, 1-800-RUNAWAY; 1800RUNAWAY.org.

National Training & Technical Assistance Center

Act today.  It could save a life.

If you have any questions contact Darla Bardine at darla.bardine@nn4youth.org.

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.

What RHYA Does

2014 RHYA Reauthorization Activities

Last year’s advocacy worked laid a strong foundation for our advocacy efforts this year.  With your help we will be able to get RHYA reauthorization done this year!

September 18, 2014
The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee voted S. 2646, the Runaway and Homeless Youth and Trafficking Prevention Act (RHYTPA) out of committee with a very strong vote, 15 ayes and 3 nays. Fourteen Senators joined S. 2646 as cosponsors before today’s committee vote: Senators Blumenthal, Boxer, Brown, Coons, Durbin, Franken, Gillibrand, Hirono, King, Levin, Murphy, Murray, Schumer and Whitehouse.

July 23, 2014
Senator Leahy (D-VT) and Senator Collins (R-ME) introduced the Runaway and Homeless Youth and Trafficking Prevention Act, S. 2646, to reauthorize the Runaway and Homeless Youth Act (RHYA) (42 U.S.C. 5701 et seq.), which expired September 30, 2013. The National Network for Youth (NN4Y) has been leading this reauthorization with our partners and built consensuses on the priorities by convening the RHYA 2013-2014 Reauthorization Working Group.

NO More Homeless Youth In America

No youth sleeping on the streets tonight.

No youth hungry and homeless tonight.