Booker Supports Runaway and Homeless Youth Act Reauthorization

Leahy and Collins Introduce
Booker Joins Cosponsors

Senator Cory BookerOn Tuesday, January 27,2015, Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Senator
Susan Collins (R-ME) introduced the Runaway and Homeless Youth and Trafficking Prevention Act (RHYTPA) to the Senate to reauthorize The Runaway and Homeless Youth Act (RHYA), which expired September 30, 2013.

Senator Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) and Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) are cosponsors.

The Runaway and Homeless Youth Act (RHYA) is the only federal law exclusively dedicated to #homelessyouth, ensuring essential services like street outreach, basic shelter, and transitional living programs.

The new reauthorization bill, RHYTPA, goes even further by:

  • Increasing protection for youth who are victims of human trafficking and sexual exploitation and
  • Increasing support for family intervention, and prohibits discrimination against homeless youth based on sexual orientation or gender identity.

Please email Simone Hall in Senator Booker’s office, thank her for co-sponsoring the bill, and let her know the importance of RHYA programs in your community and thank them for co-sponsoring the bill.

Please email Michael Barnard in Senator Menendez’s office and let him know the importance of RHYA programs in your community and ask them to co-sponsor the bill.

As background, the RHYTPA 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. It would also authorize $25 million per year for sexual abuse prevention (street outreach) over the next five years.

The bill would strengthen the prevention of human trafficking and includes a nondiscrimination clause that would ensure that all homeless youth are treated fairly. The bill also provides for national support activities including the national call center for youth in crisis.

Read more about the new bill here.