March 19, 2018
Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Senator Susan Collins (R-ME), and Senator Heitkamp (D-ND) introduced a bipartisan bill to reauthorize the Runaway and Homeless Youth Act (RHYA) (42 U.S.C. 5701 et seq.)
March 20, 2019
Congressman Dave Reichert (R-WA), Congressman John Yarmuth (D-KY) and Congressman Jeff Denham (R-CA) 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) 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. is a companion bill to which was introduced in the U.S. Senate on March 19, 2018 by Senator Leahy (D-VT), Senator Collins (R-ME), and Senator Heitkamp (D-ND).
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 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.