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The National Clearinghouse on Homeless Youth and Families is a free information service of the Family and Youth Services Bureau. Its purpose is to educate the family and youth work field—including FYSB grantees and aspiring grantees—about the research and effective practices that can improve the long-term social and emotional well-being of families and youth.

FYSB has awarded grants in its three program areas. 

The Runaway and Homeless Youth Training and Technical Assistance Center (RHYTTAC)assists FYSB grantee agencies in developing new approaches to serving runaway and homeless youth, in accessing new resources, and in establishing linkages with other grantees with similar interests and concerns.

To prevent pregnancy and the spread of sexually transmitted infections among adolescents, FYSB supports state, Tribal and community efforts to promote comprehensive sex education, adulthood preparation programs and abstinence education.

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Each year, thousands of U.S. youth run away from home, are asked to leave their homes or become homeless. Through the Runaway and Homeless Youth Program (RHY), FYSB supports street outreach, emergency shelters and longer-term transitional living and maternity group home programs to serve and protect these young people.

These grants fund programs that promote proven and culturally appropriate methods for reducing adolescent pregnancy, delaying sexual activity among youths, and increasing condom use and other contraceptives among sexually active youth in native communities.

The Family Violence Prevention and Services Program administers the Family Violence Prevention and Services Act (FVPSA), the primary federal funding stream dedicated to the support of emergency shelter and related assistance for victims of domestic violence and their children.

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Performance and evaluation projects document how PREP is implemented and who is served, assess program effectiveness, and spur on program innovation.