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Help Homeless Youth Access Housing and Pursue Education

On Wednesday, February 7, 2024, bipartisan legislation was reintroduced in the U.S.House of Representatives to help unaccompanied youth experiencing homelessness access housing and pursue their dreams of higher education. Please take one minute to contact your U.S. Representative so that homeless youth don’t have to choose between a place to live, and the education that is their best hope of a brighter, more secure future.

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New HUD Data Show Dramatic Increase in Families and Youth in Homeless Shelters, Even While Significantly Undercounting Families and Youth Experiencing Homelessness

The 2023 HUD PIT Count reveals a 12% increase in overall homelessness, with a staggering 16% rise for families with children and 15% for unaccompanied youth. Despite the alarming figures, the report underscores the inadequacy of HUD data in capturing the true extent of homelessness, emphasizing the urgent need for targeted action to address the crisis.

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Act by March 17 to Support Funding for Homeless Children & Youth

A bipartisan “Dear Colleague” letter is circulating in the U.S. House of Representatives that calls for $800 million for the McKinney-Vento Act’s Education for Homeless Children and Youth (EHCY) program and $300 million for the Runaway and Homeless Youth Act (RHYA) program in the FY 2024 budget. Please urge your U.S. Representative to sign on to the bipartisan Davis-Bacon-Panetta letter.

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Help Homeless Children and Youth — No Matter Where They Sleep  

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Support Homeless and Foster Youth in Higher Education: Take Action to Support Four Federal Bills

Postsecondary attainment is increasingly necessary to move out of poverty and homelessness and live a healthy, secure life. However, homeless and foster youth face unique barriers to accessing and completing higher education, including lack of family and supportive adults, histories of neglect, abuse, trauma, mobility, and severe poverty. Four complementary bills will help homeless and foster youth transition successfully to and through higher education, and receive the support they need to complete their degrees and achieve economic independence.

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