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Increasing RHYA Funding: FY 2012 Appropriations Campaign

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The partnership offers an overview of RHYA programs and the FY 2012 efforts to increase RHYA funding.

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Increasing RHYA Funding: FY 2012 Appropriations Campaign

  1. 1. Increasing RHYA Funding: FY 2012 Appropriations Campaign May 2, 2011
  2. 2. Today’s Agenda <ul><li>Welcome/Overview </li></ul><ul><li>Overview of RHYA Programs </li></ul><ul><li>Overview of ECHY and Engaging Unaccompanied Youth in Education </li></ul><ul><ul><li>FY 2012 EHCY Appropriations “Ask” </li></ul></ul><ul><li>FY 2012 RHYA Appropriations “Ask” </li></ul><ul><li>Role of Advocacy and Messaging </li></ul><ul><li>RHYA Appropriations Campaign Overview </li></ul><ul><li>Questions </li></ul>
  3. 3. RHYA Facts <ul><li>Title III of the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act. </li></ul><ul><li>First enacted in 1974. </li></ul><ul><li>Last reauthorized in 2008. </li></ul><ul><li>Jurisdiction of: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>House Education and Workforce Committee </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Senate Judiciary Committee </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. RHYA Programs <ul><li>Street Outreach Program </li></ul><ul><li>Basic Center Program </li></ul><ul><li>Transitional Living Program </li></ul><ul><li>National Support Activities </li></ul><ul><li>Administered by U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Family and Youth Services Bureau </li></ul>
  5. 5. Street Outreach Program <ul><li>Competitive grants to nonprofit organizations. </li></ul><ul><li>Street-based outreach and education to reduce risk of commercial sexual exploitation and sexual abuse. </li></ul><ul><li>Access point to youth homeless system. </li></ul><ul><li>FY 2010 appropriation: $18 million </li></ul>
  6. 6. Basic Center Program <ul><li>Competitive/formula grants to public and nonprofit orgs. </li></ul><ul><li>Emergency shelter to youth < age 18. </li></ul><ul><li>Family strengthening to reconnect youth to their families. </li></ul><ul><li>FY 2010 appropriation: $54 million </li></ul>
  7. 7. Transitional Living Program <ul><li>Competitive grants to public and nonprofit orgs. </li></ul><ul><li>Residential supports to youth ages 16 to 21. </li></ul><ul><li>Lifeskills, education, workforce supports. </li></ul><ul><li>FY 2010 appropriation: $44 million </li></ul>
  8. 8. National Support Activities <ul><li>National Runaway Switchboard </li></ul><ul><li>National Clearinghouse on Families and Youth </li></ul><ul><li>Training and technical assistance </li></ul><ul><li>Runaway and Homeless Youth Management Information System </li></ul><ul><li>National research, evaluation, demonstration and services </li></ul>
  9. 9. <ul><li>Nationally, 956,914 homeless children and youth identified and enrolled in 2008-2009 school year </li></ul><ul><li>This is a 20% increase over the previous year, and a 41% increase over the past two years </li></ul><ul><li>Nationally, 66% of homeless children and youth were doubled-up, 23% were in shelters, 6% in motels, and 4% unsheltered </li></ul><ul><li>Unaccompanied homeless youth – 69% increase among districts receiving MV subgrants </li></ul>
  10. 10. <ul><li>A high school diploma and college are essential to obtaining stable employment that pays a living wage to afford housing </li></ul><ul><li>By 2018: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Only 10% of jobs will be open to high school drop-outs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Only 28% of jobs will be open to those with high school diploma </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>63% of jobs created will require at least some college education ( Georgetown University) </li></ul></ul>
  11. 11. <ul><li>McKinney-Vento Education for Homeless Children and Youth (EHCY) program funded at $65 million </li></ul><ul><li>Funding goes to State Departments of Education based on a poverty census formula </li></ul><ul><li>States distribute at least 75% to local school districts </li></ul><ul><li>Funding supports the local liaison position, transportation, outreach, supplies, enrollment assistance, academic support, and more </li></ul>
  12. 12. <ul><li>Only 11% of school districts receive direct subgrants from McKinney-Vento, but all must comply with the requirements (including transportation) </li></ul><ul><li>Over 300,000 identified homeless children and youth did not receive direct services last year </li></ul><ul><li>Funding has remained at this level for the past four years, despite the 41% increase in child homelessness </li></ul><ul><li>Funding is directly tied to schools’ ability to identify and assist unaccompanied homeless youth </li></ul>
  13. 13. Innovations in Education and Housing <ul><li>School liaisons identifying homeless youth and connecting with: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Host Homes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Rental assistance </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Scattered-site transitional living programs </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Housing + High School = Success. Report that profiles seven collaborations. Sample budgets, forms, etc. online: http://www.naehcy.org/housingyouth.html </li></ul>
  14. 14. FY 2012 EHCY “Ask” <ul><li>President ’s Request - $65.4 million </li></ul><ul><li>Authorized funding level - $70 million </li></ul><ul><li>The FY2012 ask is at least $70 million to help schools respond to the increase in youth homelessness and have the capacity to collaborate with RHYA programs </li></ul>
  15. 15. FY 2012 RHYA “Ask” <ul><li>President’s Request - $121 million </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Street Outreach: $18 million </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Transitional Living Program: $44 million </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Basic Centers, including $5 million sexual exploitation demonstration: $59 million </li></ul></ul><ul><li>$3 million for incidence/prevalence study </li></ul><ul><li>$11 million enhance communities’ ability to house unaccompanied homeless youth and stabilize them in school. </li></ul>
  16. 16. Advocacy for Homeless Youth <ul><li>Senators’ and Representatives’ Job = Listen to Constituents </li></ul><ul><li>Congress values efforts to end youth homelessness </li></ul><ul><li>Build on current momentum to increase resources </li></ul>
  17. 17. Messages that Work <ul><li>“These programs work.” </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Data </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Outcomes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Extent of the problem </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Success of strategies </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Serve our most vulnerable citizens </li></ul>
  18. 18. Budget and Appropriations Process <ul><li>October 1, 2010: fiscal year 2011 began </li></ul><ul><li>February: Administration released FY 2012 Budget Proposal </li></ul><ul><li>April: Finalized FY 2011 budget </li></ul><ul><li>June: Likely to start writing FY 2012 bills </li></ul><ul><li>July: May vote on FY 2012 bills </li></ul><ul><li>October 1, 2011: FY 2012 begins </li></ul>
  19. 19. RHYA Campaign Objectives <ul><li>Secure additional resources for RHYA </li></ul><ul><li>Improve our understanding of the nature and extent of youth homelessness </li></ul><ul><li>Raise the profile of youth homelessness </li></ul>
  20. 20. Overview of the RHYA Campaign <ul><li>Goal of the campaign: get Congress to provide $135 million for RHYA programs in FY 2012 </li></ul><ul><li>How do we get Congress to do this? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Members need to hear from YOU! </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Next few months will focus on writing letters, conducting site visits, meeting with your Members, etc about RHYA </li></ul>
  21. 21. RHYA Campaign Timeline <ul><li>May: RHYA letter writing contest launches today! </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Send as many letters as possible to your Members of Congress throughout the month of May </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Late May/Early June: Conduct site visits/meetings during congressional recesses </li></ul><ul><li>June: Appropriations bills drafted – call to impact RHYA! </li></ul><ul><li>Detailed timeline on website - http://www.endhomelessness.org/content/article/detail/3925 </li></ul>
  22. 22. Details of RHYA Letter Writing Contest <ul><li>Contest begins today and runs through midnight, May 20 th </li></ul><ul><li>Send us copies of your personalized letters for tracking purposes! Send to [email_address] or fax at 202.638.4664 </li></ul><ul><li>Winners (3) receive assistance to participate in the Alliance’s Capitol Hill Day in July </li></ul><ul><li>Ask networks, colleagues, friends, family to send letters! </li></ul><ul><li>Formal rules and conditions can be found on our website </li></ul>
  23. 23. Next Steps <ul><li>Let us know if you don’t want to participate </li></ul><ul><li>Begin personalizing and sending letters! </li></ul><ul><li>Consider planning a site visit or meeting with your Member on district visits </li></ul><ul><li>Watch for Alliance emails with updates and more information! </li></ul>
  24. 24. Questions about the Campaign? <ul><li>Contact Amanda Krusemark </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>Kate Seif </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul>

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