H.R. 468, Enhancing Services for Runaway and Homeless Victims of Youth Trafficking Act of 2015

H.R. 468

Enhancing Services for Runaway and Homeless Victims of Youth Trafficking Act of 2015

Sponsor
Rep. Joe Heck

Date
January 26, 2015 (114th Congress, 1st Session)

Staff Contact
Communications

Floor Situation

On Monday, January 26, 2015, the House will consider H.R. 468, the Enhancing Services for Runaway and Homeless Victims of Youth Trafficking Act of 2015, under a suspension of the rules.  H.R. 468 was introduced on January 22, 2015 by Rep. Joe Heck (R-NV) and referred to the Committee on Education and the Workforce.

Bill Summary

H.R. 468 is substantively identical to H.R. 5076, the Enhancing Services for Runaway and Homeless Victims of Youth Trafficking Act of 2014, which passed the House on July 23, 2014 by voice vote.[1]

H.R. 468 amends the Runaway and Homeless Youth Act (RHYA) to provide improved support specifically to runaway and homeless youth who are the victims of trafficking.  This legislation enables the Secretary of HHS to allow existing grant resources to be used to train relevant staff of grant recipients on the effects of trafficking in runaway and homeless youth, and for developing strategies to serve such youth. Moreover, it allows the Secretary to use the Street Outreach Program to provide services for runaway and homeless youth who are victims of trafficking.

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[1] Congressional Record – July 23, 2014, at H6704.

Background

The RHYA authorizes federal funding for three programs to assist runaway and homeless youth and gives authority for other grants related to research, evaluation, training, service projects, and other activities for such youth.[2] One of these programs, the Street Outreach Program (SOP), provides street-based services, including treatment, safe shelter, counseling, crisis intervention, and referrals for runaway and homeless youth who have been subjected to or are at risk of being subjected to exploitation.[3]  This legislation will specifically allow the Secretary to use this program and other authority to provide services to runaway and homeless youth who are victims of trafficking.

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[2] Adrienne L. Fernandes-Alcantara, “Runaway and Homeless Youth: Demographics and Programs,” Congressional Research Service (Apr. 3, 2014) at 1.
[3] Id. at 1.

Cost

A CBO cost estimate is currently unavailable.  An informal estimate states that this bill would not affect spending or revenues.

Additional Information

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