Federal News, Homelessness

Sen. Kerry Introduces Reconnecting Youth To Prevent Homelessness Act


Sen. John Kerry recently introduced the Reconnecting Youth To Prevent Homelessness Act, aimed at helping the approximately 40 percent of youth who age out of foster care that become homeless.

The bill would direct the Department of Health and Human Services to create programs that are centered on "reducing dejecting behaviors and increasing supporting behaviors and understanding among families to improve the chances of LGBT youth remaining at home."

Approximately 1 out of 5 youth in homelessness report being lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgendered.  The bill would also make sweeping changes throughout foster care programs, such as keeping kids in the system until they reach 21 years old and creating easier accessibility to funding and education resources.

Learn more:
Huffington Post article
National Public Radio story on kids leaving foster care becoming homeless


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