Newsletter (March 29, 2023)

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95 US Reps Signed On. Now, what’s next?

Thanks to your advocacy, 95 U.S. Representatives signed a bipartisan letter in the U.S. House of Representatives calling 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.

We are very grateful to U.S. Representatives Danny K. Davis (D-IL), Don Bacon (R-NE), and Jimmy Panetta (D-CA) for leading this effort!

While this is a record show of support for these critical programs, we face a very difficult budget climate this year, and the need for ongoing advocacy remains essential.

What’s Next?

It is important to continue to educate your U.S. Senators and U.S. Representatives about the urgent needs of children and youth experiencing homelessness in your community, and the role of the EHCY and RHYA programs in meeting those needs. This is particularly true this year, amidst talk of sweeping budget cuts.

Action Steps:

1. A key deadline looms in the U.S. Senate, where Senators must submit their FY 2024 priorities to the Appropriations Committee by April 13. Use this form to urge your U.S. Senators to support robust funding for the EHCY and RHYA programs in their FY 2024 appropriations request.

2. If your U.S. Representative signed on to the FY 2024 EHCY/RHYA letter, please contact their office to thank them for their support. Or, send a tweet!

    • Thank you @(tag your US Rep) for signing the bipartisan letter supporting $800M for the McKinney-Vento Act’s Education for Homeless Children and Youth program! Supporting this program will ensure that today’s #homeless children & youth do not become tomorrow’s homeless adults.

3. Consider inviting your U.S. Representative and U.S. Senators, or their staff, to visit a program site during the upcoming Congressional recess (April 1-14), or offer to come to their local office to share information about needs in your community. If you’d like assistance setting up these meetings or making these requests, please contact Ashanti Jones, Senior Policy and Advocacy Manager at SchoolHouse Connection.

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