Action Alert, Federal Policy

Act Now To Support FY25 Funding for Children & Youth Experiencing Homelessness

More than 150 members of Congress committed to supporting the only two dedicated federal funding streams that support children and youth experiencing homelessness in the FY 2025 appropriations – but there’s more work to be done to ensure that these programs are adequately funded.

Congressional members recently circulated two bipartisan letters supporting funding for the McKinney-Vento Act’s Education for Homeless Children and Youth (EHCY) program and the Runaway and Homeless Youth Act (RHYA) program in the FY 2025 budget. 

The momentum in Congress for supporting children and youth experiencing homelessness continues to grow in no small part to your advocacy efforts. We are thrilled that 35 Senators and 123 Representatives – the largest number of supporters in the history of these programs – understand how crucial these funds are to states and school districts. 

However, we’ll need to continue educating Congress about the needs of children and youth experiencing homelessness, and the vital role that these programs play in meeting them, in order to ensure the final FY 2025 budget contains greater investments for EHCY and RHYA.

Related Resources:

  1. SHC’s written testimony to the Senate Committee on Appropriations’s Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies, advocating for $800 million in FY 2025 funding for the McKinney-Vento Act’s Education for Homeless Children and Youth (EHCY) program.
  2. SHC’s written testimony to the House Committee on Appropriations’s Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies, advocating for $800 million in FY 2025 funding for the McKinney-Vento Act’s Education for Homeless Children and Youth (EHCY) program.

Action Needed:

Take action by filling out this form to send an email to your U.S. Representative and U.S. Senators to urge them to support higher appropriations for EHCY and RHYA as the appropriations process continues.

The U.S. Department of Education identified more than 1.2 million children and youth that experienced homelessness in the 2021-2022 SY. The McKinney-Vento Act’s EHCY funding directly supports these students and their families. At the current funding level of $129 million, only roughly 25% of all school districts receive funds, which is why we’re pushing Congress to invest $800 million in EHCY for FY 2025.

SHC is committed and will continue monitoring the FY 2025 appropriations process as it unfolds, and will keep you up to date on the latest intel.