homeless families and youth act

  • Nowhere 2 Go

    LEGISLATIVE EFFORT TO ADDRESS HOMELESSNESS

    The Homeless Children and Youth Act
    This bipartisan legislation addresses longstanding flaws in how HUD views and assists
    families  and youth experiencing homelessness. 

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    More info and a simple way to connect with your elected officials to let them know you want a change in existing policies. 

    > Schoolhouse Connection Legislative Info and ACTION

     

    The  HEAR US video, Nowhere to Go: Family Homelessness in America, gives viewers insight into thisaaron2 mostly invisible crisis of families experiencing homelessness. On June 6, 2017 in the U.S. Capitol, our 8-minute video premiered at a congressional briefing on family homelessness, in support of the Homeless Children and Youth Act .

    10-Minute Challenge: How You Can Help the Cause 

    • 8-minutes -- Watch, then share the video on social media. (Video link)
    • 1-minute -- Ask your legislators to co-sponsor the Homeless Children and Youth Act. (SimpleTAKE ACTIONlink)
    • 1-minute -- Ask your friends to do the same! 

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    About the Homeless Children and Youth Act 

    The campaign to improve housing options and services for families, the Homeless Children and Youth Act, is vital to reverse the unacceptable increase of this vulnerable population.

    HEAR US strongly supports efforts of this bipartisan campaign to change the way HUD addresses homelessness.

    Child and youth homelessness is different than adult homelessness. Homeless families with children and unaccompanied youth stay wherever they can. They often are forced to move frequently between living situations such as motels, or staying temporary with others temporarily, because there is no family or youth shelter in the community, shelters are full, or shelter policies exclude them. These children and youth face real harm, including negative emotional, educational, and health outcomes; they are at extremely high risk of physical and sexual abuse and trafficking. (SHC)

    For more information, see www.schooolhouseconnection.org

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