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S.611 - Homeless Children and Youth Act

Dianne 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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Diane Feinstein

In Congress

Rob Portman

In Congress

New Groundbreaking Report Confirms High Prevalence of Youth Homelessness in the US

Advocates working to end youth homelessness have known for a long time that there are many more youth experiencing homelessness on their own than

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