On The President’s Signing Of S.2982, The Reconnecting Homeless Youth Act Of 2008

The President on Wednesday signed the Reconnecting Homeless Youth Protection Act of 2008 into law.  The legislation was introduced in May by Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.).  The Senate Judiciary Committee, which Leahy chairs, unanimously reported the legislation in May.  The law will reauthorize key federal grant programs created by the Runaway and Homeless Youth Act to provide states with grants to help the thousands of homeless young people nationwide.  The law authorizes a $200,000 minimum grant allocation for small states like Vermont to address the needs of runaway and homeless youth, including state and local programs to help provide transitional housing, street outreach and crisis intervention programs.


“The programs authorized by the Reconnecting Homeless Youth Act are important to states like Vermont.  Organizations like the Vermont Coalition of Runaway and Homeless Youth Programs and Spectrum Youth and Family Services depend on these federal grant programs.  Increasing the tools and resources available to them to help some of our most vulnerable young people is an investment in our nation’s future.  I am pleased the President has now signed this important bill into law.  I hope the next Congress will work to adequately fund these programs.”


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