Counting Homeless Kids the Right Way

Covenant House’s Ryan Supports
More Accurate Count

kevin RyanOn July 25, 2014, The Huffington Post’s Political Blog featured an article, “Counting Homeless Kids, The Right Way,” by Covenant House President and CEO Kevin Ryan. Ryan makes the case for the need to more accurately count homeless children and supports newly introduced legislation in the Senate.

Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and Robert Portman (R-OH) have introduced S. 2653, the Homeless Children and Youth Act.

S. 2653 would expand the HUD definition of “homelessness” to include unaccompanied children and youth who are defined as being homeless under other federal statutes such as the Runaway and Homeless Youth Act or the Higher Education Act.

“Would let young people who are recognized as homeless by their schools, domestic violence shelters, or runaway and homeless youth programs to become eligible for HUD assistance. Currently, HUD recognizes far fewer school-age homeless children than the Department of Education does. According to the Senators, HUD’s point-in-time survey found 247,000 homeless households with at least one child, while the schools counted 1.1 million homeless children. “

Writes Ryan about this legislation.

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