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1.3 million homeless students were identified by public schools last year. These children and youth are at high risk of physical and sexual abuse and trafficking. However, many of these children and youth go without the housing and supportive services they need due to unnecessary red tape and burdensome rules issued by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

The Feinstein-Portman Amendment to the Every Child Achieve Act would provide would provide training on the different federal definitions of homelessness to allow school district’s homeless student liaisons to certify a student and their family as homeless so they can qualify for HUD homeless assistance programs.