Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Legislative Briefing about Youth Who Experience Homelessness

From @PAHomelessYouth#couchesdontcount
with @SenBobCasey and Youth employees
at @PECCaresPhilly bringing
awareness to #youthhomelessness
Several key legislative proposals that affect Pennsylvania's 20,000+ youth who experience homelessness are stalled in Congress. Will any of these bills become law? What happens if they do not?

Find the answers to these and other questions at the inaugural "Legislative Briefing about Youth Who Experience Homelessness." The forum will discuss with Senator Robert Casey's Legislative Director the current federal legislative status of the Education for Homeless Children and Youth, the Runaway and Homeless Youth and Trafficking Act, and two other bills.

On July 16, the U.S. Senate passed the Every Child Achieves Act, S. 1177, by 81-17. This legislation reauthorizes the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, including the education subtitle of the McKinney-Vento Act. The House passed its ESEA reauthorization bill, the Student Success Act, H.R. 5, by vote of 218-213.

The Runaway and Homeless Youth Act (RHYA) (P.L. 110-378) provides foundational support to address youth and young adult homelessness across the country. RHYA funds three key pillars of intervention to help homeless youth: street outreach, emergency shelters for minors and transitional living programs for youth between the ages of 16 and 22.

Senator Robert Casey's Legislative Director Derrick Miller and Legislative Assistant Jack Rourke are confirmed to participate in this event and let us know the latest from Washington.

This event is sponsored by CHOP, Covenant House PA, Education Law Center, Juvenile Law Center, PathWays PA, People's Emergency Center, Valley Youth House, Village of Arts and Humanities, and YSI.

RSVP here.

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