S.611 - Homeless Children and Youth ActDianne Feinstein, Rob Portman Housing & Homelessness
To amend the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act to meet the needs of homeless children, youth, and families, and honor the assessments and priorities of local communities.
It would restore local decision-making and improve the ability of communities to meet the unique developmental needs of homeless children, youth, and families, which is the best long-term strategy to reduce all forms of homelessness by:
- Provides flexibility to local communities to use available resources to meet the needs that they identify
- Allows communities to provide housing and services tailored to the unique needs of each homeless population, including HCYF
- Allows communities to serve some of the most vulnerable HCYF by aligning HUD Homeless Assistance eligibility criteria with other federal HCYF programs
- Increases visibility and awareness of HCYF through data transparency and more accurate counts, thus helping communities to leverage and attract more public/private resources to address homelessness
- Aligns HUD homeless assistance with the Every Student Succeeds Act and the Child Care and Development Fund to improve identification and enrollment of HCY in early childhood, K-12, and postsecondary education
- Encourages local innovation and success by allowing HUD to award bonuses and incentives for strategies that meet local needs
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