The Runaway and Homeless Youth Act
Protecting young people since 1974
FYSB funds 10 regionally-based organizations, also known as coordinated networks, to provide training and technical assistance (TTA) to local youth service agencies receiving runaway and homeless youth (RHY) program funding, called The RHY Program Regional TTA Providers.
The Runaway Youth Act is reauthorized and its scope is broadened.
Runaway Youth Act passed as Title III of the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act which decriminalized runaway youth and authorized funding for Basic Center Programs (BCP).
Metro-Help receives federal funding and begins to operate the National Runaway Switchboard.
The Family and Youth Services Bureau (FYSB) began funding local organizations to provide drug abuse prevention services through The Drug Abuse Prevention Program (DAPP) for RHY.
FYSB awarded grants to develop community-based consortia; to implement single-purpose youth gang prevention, intervention, and diversion programs; to implement employment and training programs for at-risk youth; to explore methods for gang-proofing young children; and to implement research aimed at gang families and identification of actors that predispose youth to avoid gang involvement through the Youth Gang Drug Prevention Program.
Title of the Runaway Youth Act changed to the RHY Act.
The RHY Act is reauthorized and the Transitional Living Program (TLP) is established.
Congress authorized funding to establish a national communication system to assist RHY in making contact with their families and service providers.
Community Youth Development (CYD) was launched.
Funding for BCP and TLP programs were placed under the consolidated RHY Program.
The Violent Crime and Law Enforcement Act establishes the Street Outreach Program (SOP).
FYSB establishes the National Clearinghouse on Runaway and Homeless Youth (NCRHY) to serve as a central source of information on RHY issues.
FYSB funds Home-Based Services: three projects to develop, test, and document models that would address and prevent runaway behavior through the provision of home-based support services, as an alternative to out-of-home shelter.
Implementation of a new Runaway and Homeless Youth Management Information System (RHY-MIS), an automated information tool for collecting and collating data on the youth served and the services provided by FYSB grantees.
NRS partners with Safe Place® as a way to increase the resources available to RHY utilizing the national communications system nationally.
HHS began the Support Systems for Rural Homeless Youth Demonstration Project to support TLPs in rural communities.
Amendments to the RHY Act authorized TLP funds to be used for services for pregnant and parenting teens within TLPs, creating Maternity Group Homes (MGH).
The Bush Administration doubled funding for the TLP and sought funds specifically for pregnant and parenting teens.
The Runaway, Homeless, and Missing Children Protection Act is enacted to reauthorize The RHY Act for FY2004 through FY2008.
RHYA was instrumental in increasing emphasis on Positive Youth Development (PYD), a strengths-based approach that encourages autonomy and resilience among youth and emphasizes the importance of youth’s investment in their own goals.
FYSB launched the Runaway and Homeless Youth Training and Technical Assistance Center (RHYTTAC).
The Reconnecting Homeless Youth Act is enacted to reauthorize the RHY Act for FY2009 through FY2013.
Health and Human Services (HHS) began funding the three year Rural Host Homes Demonstration Project which expanded BCP services to RHY who live in rural areas.
Funding for 3/40 Blueprint: Creating the Blueprint to Reduce LGBTQ Youth Homelessness begins.
FYSB launches the National Clearinghouse on Homeless Youth and Families (NCHYF) as a national resource for organizations that support runaway and homeless youth and their families with programs and services.
FYSB created the SOP Data Collection Project.
HHS began the Transitional Living Program Special Population Demonstration project which funded 9 grantees over two years to support LGBTQ RHY and young adults ageing out of foster care.
The Runaway and Homeless Youth Management Information System (RHY-MIS) was merged with the Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) to provide an integrated system (RHY-HMIS) for grantees' use.
Runaway and Homeless Youth Act Timeline
Provided by Family and Youth Services Bureau’s Runaway and Homeless Youth Training and Technical Assistance Center (RHYTTAC)