On Thursday, February 5 at 12 p.m. ET, the Alliance will host its annual webinar on the President's fiscal year (FY) 2016 Budget Proposal. The Budget Proposal is expected to be released on Monday, February 2. The Budget Proposal reflects the Administration's funding priorities for the upcoming fiscal year and is meant to provide information and recommendations to Congress as it moves through the federal appropriations process.
The webinar will provide an overview of the federal budget process and an analysis of the President's FY 2016 Budget Proposal. Presenters from the Alliance will summarize and analyze the Administration's proposed funding levels for affordable housing and homelessness programs.
In conjunction with the webinar, the Alliance will also launch its FY 2016 McKinney Campaign to increase funding for HUD's McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Grants.
To register for the webinar, please click here. For more information on the Alliance's advocacy efforts, please click here.
Support Reauthorization of the Runaway and Homeless Youth Act
On Tuesday, January 27, Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) introduced the Runaway and Homeless Youth and Trafficking Prevention Act (RHYTPA) to the Senate to reauthorize The Runaway and Homeless Youth Act (RHYA), which expired September 30, 2013. Senator Ayotte Kelly (R-NH) and Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) are cosponsors.
The Runaway and Homeless Youth Act (RHYA) is the only federal law exclusively dedicated to homeless youth, ensuring essential services like street outreach, basic shelter, and transitional living programs. The new reauthorization bill, RHYTPA, goes even further by increasing protection for youth who are victims of human trafficking and sexual exploitation. It increases support for family intervention, and prohibits discrimination against homeless youth based on sexual orientation or gender identity.
Here's What You Can Do:
1. Click here to see if your Senators have co-sponsored the bill yet.
a. If so, call your Senators' offices and ask to speak to the person who handles youth issues. Describe the importance of RHYA programs in your community and thank them for co-sponsoring the bill!
b. If not, call your Senators' offices and ask to speak to the person who handles youth issues. Describe the importance of RHYA programs in your community and ask them to co-sponsor the bill.
The RHYTPA bill would authorize $140 million per year for basic center, transitional living, and national hotline and technical assistance funding over the next five years, including designating an additional $2 million per year for national incidence and prevalence studies of homeless youth. It would also authorize $25 million per year for sexual abuse prevention (street outreach) over the next five years. The bill would strengthen the prevention of human trafficking and includes a nondiscrimination clause that would ensure that all homeless youth are treated fairly. The bill also provides for national support activities including the national call center for youth in crisis. Read more about the new bill here.