CONGRESSWOMAN ELISE STEFANIK
On Wednesday, July 23, 2014, the House will consider H.R. 5076, the Enhancing Services for Runaway and Homeless Victims of Youth Trafficking Act of 2014, under a suspension of the rules. H.R. 5076 was introduced on July 11, 2014 by Reps. Joe Heck (R-NV) and John Kline (R-MN) and referred to the Committee on Education and the Workforce.
H.R. 5076 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.
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. 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. 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.
 Adrienne L. Fernandes-Alcantara, “Runaway and Homeless Youth: Demographics and Programs,” Congressional Research Service (Apr. 3, 2014) at 1.
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A formal CBO cost estimate is currently unavailable, although a preliminary and informal estimate states the bill would have no effect on federal direct spending over the FY 2015-2024 period.
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