H.R.2001: Homeless Children and Youth Act of 2019
The Homeless Children and Youth Act (H.R. 2001) would amend the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act to align the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) definition of homelessness with those of other federal programs. This would expand eligibility of services under the Continuum of Care Progam to “doubled-up families” who are living with others because they cannot afford their own housing.
Currently, HUD’s definition of homelessness excludes children whose families stay in hotels or who stay with loved ones temporarily, while other federal programs recognize such conditions as homelessness. The proposed definition would ensure that children can be assessed for services using the same indices that are currently used to determine if people are eligible for assistance. This new definition of homelessness would also extend to local data collection and reporting. Additionally, the proposed legislation would require HUD to score applications for assistance based on goals that communities express in their local plans, rather than federal goals.
CBO estimated that this bill would lead to an additional 800,000 children and youth, in 500,000 households, being eligible for the program and would increase HUD’s investment in housing assistance by $708 million four years.View Full Overview
- The Homeless Children and Youth Act would change HUD’s definition of homelessness to account for many children they currently don’t identify as living in unstable conditions.
- This change would increase access to services and supports for children, as well as increase communities’ ability to effectively combat youth homelessness.
- The National Assembly supports the Homeless Children and Youth Act, as it would increase well-being for families and communities, and help keep children safe.