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.