$30 Million in New Funding Grants Provide Runaway and Homeless Youth Essential Shelter and Supportive Services

October 9, 2020

The Family and Youth Services Bureau’s (FYSB) Runaway and Homeless Youth (RHY) program in HHS’ Administration for Children and Families (ACF), recently awarded approximately $30 million in awards to 158 community-based organizations. The funding will allow the grantees to help reunite youth with their families, and provide mental and physical health services, food, clothing, and emergency shelter for runaway or homeless youth.

“For nearly a half-century, our runaway and homeless youth programs have helped some of the most vulnerable young people get back on their feet by providing services that help with employment readiness, education, long-term and emergency access to shelter and support,” said Elizabeth Darling, Commissioner for the Administration on Children, Youth and Families. “The awarding of these grants shows our continued commitment to helping young people during a tough period in their lives by providing access to essential needs, individual and family counseling services, and safe and stable housing.”

Grantees of the RHY program are expected to operate with a Positive Youth Development (PYD) Visit disclaimer page framework to consistently support youth in identifying their strengths and use their skills for personal growth, development, and success.

"Connecting homeless and runaway youth with community and faith-based organizations and street outreach workers who can help them address specific needs, is a crucial step to helping runaway and homeless youth obtain shelter, and prepare for a better future,” said Darling.

The lists of the awardees can be found at: /fysb/fysb-rhy-bcp-grants-fy2020 and /fysb/fysb-rhy-street-outreach-program-gran....

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Quotes

“For nearly a half-century, our runaway and homeless youth programs have helped some of the most vulnerable young people get back on their feet by providing services that help with employment readiness, education, long-term and emergency access to shelter and support.”
— Elizabeth Darling, Commissioner for the Administration on Children, Youth and Families
“These awards show our continued commitment to helping young people during a tough period in their lives by providing access to essential needs, individual and family counseling services, and safe and stable housing.”
— Elizabeth Darling, Commissioner for the Administration on Children, Youth and Families
"Connecting homeless and runaway youth with community and faith-based organizations and street outreach workers who can help them address specific needs, is a crucial step to helping runaway and homeless youth obtain shelter, and prepare for a better future.”
— Elizabeth Darling, Commissioner for the Administration on Children, Youth and Families

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