Advocacy

Provide $4 Million in the FY’16 Budget to Implement the Unaccompanied Youth Homelessness Law

Youth Without Homes Can’t Wait

Provide $4 Million in the FY’16 Budget to Implement the Unaccompanied Youth Homelessness Law
Building upon the momentum from the January 2015 signing of the unaccompanied youth homelessness bill into law (Chapter 450 of the Acts of 2014), we have been seeking $4 million to address the housing and support service needs of unaccompanied youth and young adults who are experiencing homelessness.

Requests:
-Housing: $2.5 million for housing for unaccompanied youth under the Department of Housing and Community Development (new line item, 7004-xxxx)
-Supportive Services: $1.5 million for wraparound services for unaccompanied youth under the Executive Office of Health and Human Services (current EOHHS Administrative line item, 4000-0300 or a new line item, 4000-xxxx), with the complete line item numbers to be assigned by the Legislature.
-These investments would provide funding for the unaccompanied youth homelessness law, An Act promoting housing and support services for unaccompanied homeless youths, to ensure that the new law truly is meaningful for youth without homes.
-The new housing and service resources would be targeted to youth and young adults age 24 and younger who are experiencing homelessness out on their own, outside the custody or care of a parent/guardian. 
 
June 2, 2015 Update: As the budget has made its way through the legislative process, the State Senate has recommended $2 million for housing and services for unaccompanied youth, under new line item 4000-0007. The House also recommended continuing the funding for the work of the Special Commission on Unaccompanied Homeless Youth at $150,000 in the administrative line item for the Executive Office of Health and Human Services (line item 4000-0300). We are asking the FY'16 budget Conference Committee to include both the Senate funding under 4000-0007 and the House funding in line item 4000-0300. See the Coalition's press release here.

** Sign our current online action to your State Representative and State Senator here in support of our Conference Committee requests. **