Homeless Youth and SAMHSA Flat Funded

Critical Programs Targeted for Flat Funding
50,000 homeless youth at risk

Secretary Kathleen SebeliusOn February 13, 2012, the Administration released its fiscal year (FY) 2013 Budget Proposal. Suggested funding levels for many key programs targeted toward low-income or homeless people, included initiatives receiving flat funding, the same as in FY 2012, in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) budget:

  • $115 million for Runaway and Homeless Youth Act programs; and
  • $139 million for homeless programs within the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

These funding levels are critical in order to continue work towards both ending and preventing youth homelessness and creating housing linked to services.

The National Alliance to End Homelessness estimates that about 50,000 youth in the U.S. sleep on the street for six months or more and this population faces unique developmental challenges and vulnerability. And we know that the solution to chronic homelessness is permanent supportive housing, housing plus services, along with homelessness prevention policies.

Monarch will continue to provide updates on the President’s budget funding priorities.

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