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House Hearing Held on Runaway and Homeless Youth Act – July 16, 2019

We are proud that two NN4Y leaders testified before the U.S. House Committee on Education and Labor, Subcommittee on Civil Rights and Human Services at the hearing on the Runaway and Homeless Youth Act on Tuesday, July 16, 2019 at 2:00 PM ET.


  • David Baker, NN4Y Young Leader and Support Specialist with the YMCA Youth & Family Services, San Diego, CA
  • Melinda Giovengo, NN4Y Board Chair and CEO of YouthCare, Seattle, WA
  • Dr. Matthew Morton, Principal Researcher of Voices of Youth Count,  Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago
  • Robert G. Lowery Jr., Vice President, Missing Children Division, National Center for Missing and Exploited Children
Watch Recorded Hearing

Inform your network and policymakers about this hearing and use this as an opportunity to educate them about your program, the critical need to serve runaway, homeless and exploited youth in your community. We have developed social media images and tools for you to use.

7/16/19 RHYA Hearing Social Media Campaign

The House Education and Labor Committee will consider strengthening federal supports to end youth homelessness. Watch live on 7/16 at 2 PM ET! http://bit.ly/NN4Yrhya  @nn4youth #ILoveRHYA
For nearly 45 years, the Runaway and Homeless Youth Act has provided the foundation for American communities’ responses to youth homelessness. Congress–invest in our youth today so that they don’t become the chronically homeless of tomorrow! http://bit.ly/NN4Yrhya @nn4youth #ILoveRHYA

Research shows that there are about 4.2 million young people experience homelessness in our country every year. Let’s invest in our young people and our future by fully reauthorizing the Runaway and Homeless Youth Act! http://bit.ly/NN4Yrhya @nn4youth #ILoveRHYA

The Runaway and Homeless Youth Act Provides:

Street Outreach Programs

Outreach to runaway, homeless, trafficked, and exploited 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 reunification, and aftercare.

Transitional Living Programs

Longer-term housing with supportive services for homeless 16 to 21 years of age, including case management and connection to education, job preparation, and health care services–funds Maternity Group Homes for pregnant and parenting youth.

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

Cata collection and research about runaway and homeless youth in American so we can scale-to-need prevention, crisis, and intervention services and housing.

National Communications System

N24/7 national phone and online communications system which connects youth and families in crisis with prevention services and reunifies families through a messaging service.

National Technical Assistance Center

Provides training and technical assistance to all RHYA grantees through in-person and online training, one-on-one consultation, and various materials.

Rural Demonstration Grants

Secretary may make competitive grants to states, localities and private entities to provide services to runaway and homeless youth in rural areas.

Act today.  It could save a life.

If you have any questions contact Jo Ann Paanio at joann.paanio@nn4youth.org.

NO More Homeless Youth In America

No youth sleeping on the streets tonight.

No youth hungry and homeless tonight.