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The Runaway and Homeless Youth and Trafficking Prevention Act of 2019 (RHYTPA) was Introduced Today in the U.S. Senate and House

WASHINGTON, DC – On Wednesday, November 20, Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Senator Susan Collins (R-ME), and Representative John Yarmuth (D-KY), Representative Don Bacon (R-NE), Representative Jahana Hayes (D-CT), and Representative Pramila Jayapal (D-WA) reintroduced the bipartisan and bicameral Runaway and Homeless Youth and Trafficking Prevention Act (RHYTPA) of 2019 to fully reauthorize the Runaway and Homeless Youth Act (RHYA) (42 U.S.C. 5701 et. seq.). 

The National Network for Youth (NN4Y) has been actively leading the reauthorization of RHYA in collaboration with its national and local partners and young leaders with lived experiences of homelessness. NN4Y applauds this landmark legislation as a monumental step to ensuring that more youth, young adults, and young families experiencing homelessness have a safe place to call home and are able to avoid being trafficked for sex, labor, or both. 

“No young person in America should ever have to spend one day without a safe place to call home. The Runaway and Homeless Youth and Trafficking Prevention Act makes critical improvements to the existing federal RHYA program,” said Darla Bardine, Executive Director, National Network for Youth.  “I urge Congress to move this vital legislation swiftly through Congress so we can strengthen our communities’ ability to prevent and respond to youth homelessness and human trafficking. Our youth are counting on us.”

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Please help us activate your network and policymakers by using our social media toolkit and graphics to educate them about the value of RHY programs and 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.

2019 RHYTPA Social Media Toolkit

The Runaway and Homeless Youth and Trafficking Prevention Act (RHYTPA) will strengthen federal support so communities can #endyouthhomelessness. Learn more: http://bit.ly/NN4Yrhya  @nn4youth #passRHYTPA

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 and #passRHYTPA! http://bit.ly/NN4Yrhya @nn4youth

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.

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

NO More Youth Homeless In America

No youth sleeping on the streets tonight.

No youth hungry and homeless tonight.