House Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing, and Urban Development Releases FY2020 Spending Bill
This morning, the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development (THUD) released its Fiscal Year 2020 spending bill.
We are pleased to report that the bill allocates $100 million for the Youth Homelessness Demonstration Projects at HUD, of which up to $10 million may be used on technical assistance to improve system responses, and the collection, use, and reporting of data and performance measures. The $100 million represents a $20 million increase over FY2019 and would result in a vital infusion of resources and support into local community responses to youth homelessness. Youth Collaboratory applauds Chairman Price and his colleagues on both sides of the aisle for their commitment to ending youth homelessness!
The bill further stipulates that CoC sites with YHDP shall be subject to the same terms and conditions for renewal as other communities. Additionally, youth 24 and under shall not be required to provide third-party documentation to establish eligibility, and the bill dictates that unaccompanied youth under age 24, or families with heads of households under age 24, are eligible for YHDP. Lastly, the bill directs HUD to make awards solely on the selection criteria from the 2018 NOFA.
This bill will undergo subcommittee markup tomorrow morning, and will likely receive full committee markup the week of June 4. We will continue to keep the field apprised of any relevant amendments or changes as this bill moves through the process.
As a reminder, the House is only half the process; the Senate THUD Subcommittee has not yet released its bill. Youth Collaboratory will continue to work with our members and colleagues locally and nationally to support this funding amount and inclusion of this important language in the Senate bill.
Watch for a blog post in the coming weeks that outlines in more detail the status of all of Youth Collaboratory’s appropriations priorities, and alerts for the field on how we can continue the momentum in making sure communities have the resources they need to make real changes with the young people and families they serve.