On December 14, 2021, the Homeless Children and Youth Act (H.R. 6287) was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives by Congresswoman Mikie Sherrill (D-NJ) and Congressman Van Taylor (R-TX), along with Congressman Danny Davis (D-IL), Congressman Don Bacon (R-NE), Congressman Andre Carson (D-IN), Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA), Congressman Bill Posey (R-FL), Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR), Congressman Josh Harder (D-CA), Congresswoman Madeleine Dean (D-PA), and Congresswoman Mary Scanlon (D-PA). The Homeless Children and Youth Act was introduced in the U.S. Senate on April 29, 2021 (S.1469) by U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Senator Rob Portman (R-OH), and Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI).

This bipartisan legislation corrects long-standing flaws in the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) homeless assistance for children, youth, and families. See the graphic below for a summary of HCYA.

Take Action to Support HCYA

1. Urge your U.S. Representative and U.S. Senators to sign-on as cosponsors of H.R. 6287, S. 1469. 

  • Use this action form to:
    • Send a letter to your US Representatives and Senators, urging them to cosponsor the Homeless Children and Youth Act, or;
    • Find the phone number of your US Representative and Senators, and use the provided talking points to urge them to cosponsor the legislation.

2. Sign your organization as a supporter of HCYA here.

3. Spread the word to community partners, colleagues, and others. Download the HCYA Social Media Toolkit.

Additional Resources

  • Read the Congressional press release here.
  • Read the joint organization statement here.
  • Read the Senate bill text here.
  • Read the House bill text here.
  • Find additional information on HCYA, including Q&A, rebutting arguments, and infographics, here.

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