Runaway and Homeless Youth: Demographics, Programs, and Emerging Issues

Runaway and Homeless Youth: Demographics, Programs, and Emerging Issues

Report to Congress
Runaway and Homeless Youth:
Demographics, Programs, and Emerging Issues
January 8, 2007

Congress began to hear concerns about the vulnerabilities of the runaway
population in the 1970s due to increased awareness about these youth and the establishment of runaway shelters to assist them in returning home. Since that time, Congress has authorized services to provide support for runaway and homeless youth outside of the juvenile justice, mental health, and child welfare systems. The Runaway and Homeless Youth Act (RHYA), as currently amended, authorizes federal funding for three programs to assist runaway and homeless youth — the Basic
Center Program (BCP), Transitional Living Program (TLP), and Street Outreach Program (SOP) — through FY2008.

 The basic purposes of the programs and funding for the programs are summarized in this

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