NCFY Reports

Celebrating 40 Years of the Runaway and Homeless Youth Act

The Runaway and Homeless Youth Act: 40 Years of Progress.

In 1974, Congress passed what would become known as the Runaway and Homeless Youth Act, awarding the first federal dollars to programs that help young people stay off the street. It was a landmark bill that changed the youth-service field and helped innumerable young people stay safe.

In this issue of NCFY Reports, we take a look at the past, present and future of the federal effort to end youth homelessness: A new timeline reveals the many legislative and academic advancements in the field since the Act’s passage. A veteran nonprofit worker recalls his testimony before Congress in 1973, which led in part to the passage of the Act. And finally, a handful of youth workers from around the country share their vision for ending youth homelessness moving forward. It’s a fitting reminder of all that’s been done, and all that’s still being done, to help those young people who need it most.

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