The Homeless Children
and Youth Act (HCYA) of 2017
Last week, we sent out information about how the HCYA aligns HUD’s definition with provider experience, data, and research. In this brief, we look more closely at how HYCA impacts your work as a provider.
HYCA: A More Accurate Definition of Homelessness
HUD’s current definition of homelessness significantly underestimates the number of families experiencing homelessness in our country. This makes it much more difficult to raise awareness about the problem, and limit federal and local resources to help communities support these families.
HCYA changes HUD’s definition of homelessness to align it with research and provider experiences. HCYA also prohibits HUD from issuing regulations that restricts eligibility for HUD Homelessness assistance programs to certain categories of the HUD definition of homelessness. The new definition would ensure that:
HCYA also amends the definition of “chronically homeless,”  “underserved populations,”  and “victim service provider.” 
HCYA Will Help Your Work
The new definition of homelessness in the HCYA will ensure that local providers can:
How You Can Help
We urge National Network members to learn more about the HCYA. At the Help Homeless Children and Youth website, you can find out who your elected officials are, and see how to call or write them. We also encourage you to reach out to your local officials in person. Please contact Barbara Duffield, Co-Chair of the Network’s Policy Committee, if you have any questions about the HCYA.
6 This definition comes from the Runaway and Homeless Youth Act.
7 The HCYA amends the definition of “chronically homeless” to include people who are homeless under other federal programs and dependent children with disabling conditions.
8 The HCYA amends the definition of “underserved populations” to include children under the age of five, as well as youth and young adults between the ages of 14 and 25.
9 The HCYA amends the definition of “victim service provider” to include victims of trafficking.