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Stivers, Loebsack Reintroduce the Homeless Children and Youth Act

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Washington, April 1, 2019 | comments
“No kid should ever be without a home, and it is unacceptable that our government forces them to attempt to navigate bureaucracy instead of giving them the assistance they need,” Stivers said. “This bill will help bring these children out of the shadows, help policymakers better understand the scope of youth homelessness, and, ultimately, give kids the care that they deserve.”
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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Representative Steve Stivers (R-OH) and Representative Dave Loebsack (D-IA) reintroduced H.R. 2001, the bipartisan Homeless Children and Youth Act (HYCA), to help ensure that children have access to the services they need to escape poverty.

Spanning multiple Administrations, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) uses a definition of “homeless” that is inconsistent with other federal agencies, like the Department of Education. 

Subsequently, it does not qualify children who are “invisibly” homeless – such as vulnerable children “couch surfing” at the generosity of strangers or living in motels - as homeless, thus prohibiting them from accessing critical services.  These children are then forced to navigate bureaucratic red tape to prove the legitimacy of their situation in order to receive help.

“No kid should ever be without a home, and it is unacceptable that our government forces them to attempt to navigate bureaucracy instead of giving them the assistance they need,” Stivers said. “This bill will help bring these children out of the shadows, help policymakers better understand the scope of youth homelessness, and, ultimately, give kids the care that they deserve.”

“Having been raised in poverty by a mother who struggled with mental illness, I know firsthand how important community supports are and the difference they can make in people’s lives. We also must be aware of some of the children who slip through the cracks. In order to help children who are homeless, or have nowhere to go, we must make it easier for them to access the assistance programs that are offered in their communities,” said Loebsack. “I am pleased to help reintroduce the Homeless Children and Youth Act to help communities best provide for those most in need.”

H.R. 2001 would expand HUD’s definition of “homeless” to include all children and youth who are already verified as homeless by several other educational and social services programs.  The Homeless Children and Youth Act was passed out of the House Committee on Financial Services in the 115th Congress.

To read the full text of the bill, click here.

 

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