Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Hurting Homeless Youth?

I'm a bit confused by an amendment that Reps. Gwen Moore and Mark Pocan are proposing to the Runaway and Homeless Youth Act.  It seems to want to shrink the encompassing RHYA bill to focus on LGBT youth.

It seems that the amendment the Reps are proposing will take money from homeless shelters, specifically from religious groups unless they conform to an agenda set by a very specific special interest.

Somehow this doesn't seem be right.

According to an article here, "Moore and Pocan hope to pass the bill as part of the Runaway and Homeless Youth Act, which has existed in various iterations since 1974 and is up for reauthorization again this year. RHYA awards grants to public and private organizations assisting homeless youth. It funds safe places for homeless youth to stay, homelessness prevention and family reunification support, and social services to connect young adults with jobs and housing of their own. Yet, despite the fact that LGBT youth comprise a disproportionate amount of the youth homeless population, RHYA currently does not contain language or requirements to specifically protect this vulnerable population."

If this amendment passes it seems the special interests will win with no concern for those currently working with homeless youth.

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