Senate Judiciary Committee Approves Runaway and Homeless Act

Reauthorizes Legislation
Provides $140M Per Year

 Senate Judiciary Committee Approves Runaway and Homeless ActOn September 18, 2014, the Senate Judiciary Committee passed the Runaway and Homeless Youth and Trafficking Prevention Act.

The bill, introduced by senators Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Susan Collins (R-Maine), would reauthorize the Runaway and Homeless Youth Act (RHYA), which expired on September 30, 2013.

Additionally, the bill would:

  • Authorize $140 million per year for basic center, transitional living, and national hotline and technical assistance funding over the next five years, including designating an additional $2 million per year for national incidence and prevalence studies of homeless youth;
  • Authorize $25 million per year for sexual abuse prevention over the next five years; and
  • Prohibit discrimination by RHY grantees based on sexual orientation or gender identity.

Click here to read the bill.