Were you aware that 2/3 of adults experiencing homelessness have not received a high school diploma or completed a GED?

Increase Access to Housing and Services for Homeless Children and Youth

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Background Information

On January 27, 2015, the Homeless Children and Youth Act of 2015 (HCYA) was introduced in the United States Senate by Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and Rob Portman (R-OH), and in the U.S. House of Representatives by Congressman Steve Stivers (R-OH-15) and Congressman Dave Loebsack (D-IA-2nd). The HCYA would make it easier for homeless families and unaccompanied homeless youth to receive HUD homeless assistance, no matter where they happen to be staying. The HCYA:

  • amends HUD’s definition of homelessness to include children and youth who are verified as homeless through HUD’s homeless assistance programs, and through other federal programs, such as public school district homeless liaisons, Runaway and Homeless Youth Act programs, Health Care for the Homeless programs, and Violence Against Women programs.
  • amends HUD’s grant awards process to enhance local planning, limit federally-imposed priorities, and remove federal restrictions.
  • allows, but does not require, local service providers to prioritize funding for homeless families and unaccompanied homeless youth based on the needs in their community.
  • requires HUD to include homeless data from other federal programs in its annual Report to Congress.

For more information on HCYA, visit

Action Needed

Please act today to support the Homeless Children and Youth Act:

  1. Please write a letter to your U.S. Senators and U.S. Representative urging them to sign on as a co-sponsor of the Homeless Children and Youth Act (H.R. 576 and S. 256). Visit to send a letter online.
    To send a letter on agency letterhead, download a Senate template letter | House of Representatives template letter.
  2. Add your organization’s name to a national sign-on letter in support of the legislation by visiting
  3. Spread the word! Please share this information with your networks.

For More Information

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