NAEH Explains Opposition to Homeless Children and Youth Act

Expanding Families Served Without Increased
Funding Would Leave Homeless Without Assistance

NAEH Explains Opposition to Homeless Children and Youth ActThe National Alliance to End Homelessness (the Alliance) has taken a position opposing the Homeless Children and Youth Act.

Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) in the Senate (S.256), and Rep. Steve Stivers (R-OH) in the House (H.R.576) introduced the legislation earlier this year to address family and youth homelessness.

The Alliance opposes this well-intentioned bill because it believes that:

  1. The eligibility changes it would make to greatly expand the number families eligible for McKinney-funded Continuum of Care programs, without increasing funding, are unnecessary, do not solve the problems they set out to, and would leave the most vulnerable people (including families and youth) without homeless assistance;
  2. Its unfunded mandate to undertake a costly assessment of the number of poor families and youth who are doubled up for economic reasons would be burdensome for communities; and
  3. Its restricting HUD from using resources strategically would hinder community progress at ending homelessness.

The Alliance has written a statement that further outlines the problems the bill aims to address, the detrimental impacts the approaches the bill takes would have, and suggests alternative approaches that could be taken to address these problems.

Click here for The Alliance Opposes the Homeless Children and Youth Act statement