On Thursday, December 19, the Senate passed the final FY2020 appropriations bills, H.R. 1158 and H.R. 1865, sending them on to the President for his signature.
The two federal programs specifically targeted to support children and youth experiencing homelessness received funding increases in the final legislation. The McKinney-Vento Act’s Education for Homeless Children and Youth (EHCY) program was funded at $101.5 million, which is an 8.5% increase over the previous year, and a 32% increase over the past four years. The Runaway and Homeless Youth Act (RHYA) program was funded at $132 million, which is a 4% increase over the previous year, and the first increase in funding since FY2018.
The chart below summarizes final FY2020 funding levels for selected programs administered by the U.S. Department of Education, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. To download this chart as a PDF, click here.