A PIHN Call to Action!
Please Ask your Congressional Representative to
Support the Homeless Children and Youth Act (HCYA)
Dear Friends of Philadelphia Interfaith Hospitality Network:As you may have heard, on April 1st, 2019, the Homeless Children and Youth Act (HR 2001, HCYA) was reintroduced in the House of Representatives by Congressman Stivers (R-OH-15) and Congressman Loebsack (D-IA-2).
Attached to this email is a letter we hope you will send to your representative asking for his/her support of HR 2001, HCYA. As with the last congressional session, the Government Relations Committee of Family Promise, PIHN’s national organization, was able to provide input along with other national partners to assist in the revision of this bill, providing comments on it in draft form. https://www.house.gov/
HR 2001,HCYA would mandate that HUD expand eligibility for homeless programming to include children and families that are experiencing homelessness under the definition provided by the Department of Education. It would also prohibit HUD from prioritizing homeless sub-populations, allowing Continuums of Care to award funding for programming according to the local needs assessment rather than national priorities. Finally, this legislation would revise the definition of chronically homeless families—currently the head of household must have a disability to qualify. Under HCYA, anyone in the household could have the disability for the family to qualify. This could potentially open the door to additional resources for the children and the families that we serve.
PIHN is an affiliate of Family Promise representing 242 networks around the country, and has endorsed and advocated for the HCYA under the last Congress. It was bipartisan and bicameral, and passed through the House Financial Services Committee on a bipartisan vote. Having personally experienced homelessness with her family, Kat Lilley (ED of Family Promise in Colorado Springs, National Board Member, and Guest Advisory Council Member) testified to the committee on the need for HCYA. (Click here to watch Kat’s testimony) Unfortunately, the clock ran out on the bill and it was not voted on prior to the end of the congressional session. So, the bill has had to be reintroduced for the new congress.
Will you take a few moments of your time to download this support letter, add your personal message, and email it to your Congressional Representative? It will be more impactful to hear from you than from lobbyists.
For more information:
- HR 2001 page on Congress.gov: http://bit.ly/2VV1SvI
- What Does it Do: http://bit.ly/2ZquuiH
- Q&A: http://bit.ly/2vi9nRP
- Rebutting Arguments Against HCYA: http://bit.ly/2DsO3NN
How Can You Help?
- Reach out to your Congressional Representatives, asking them to consider cosponsoring the bill. Attached to this email is a sample letter you can print/copy, edit, and use. If possible, insert local data and statistics in support of the legislation.
Note: Please open the attached sample letter, complete highlighted portions and email it to your Congressional Representative.
- Contact info for your congressional rep:
General Advocacy Tips and Info…
- FP Advocacy and Lobbying Overview:
- Advocacy 101 Powerpoint:
Thank you for ALL that you do!