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Members-Only Youth Count!: Current Federal Policy work National Network for Youth by: Darla Bardine, JD


  • There will be a question/answer session at the end of the presentation. Feel free to type your questions in the chat box during that time, and they will be answered in the order received.

Paul Curtis

Executive Director

California Coalition for Youth


  • Welcome & Introductions

  • Current Federal Policy work – National Network for Youth by: Darla Bardine, JD

  • Questions & Discussion

  • Closing Remarks

    • Next webinar date

National Network for Youth Webinar for California Coalition for Youth May 23, 2014Darla Bardine, JDExecutive

The mission of the National Network is to connect and champion the needs of runaway, homeless, and other disconnected youth through strengthening the capacity of community-based services by facilitating resource-sharing and influencing public policy.


  • National Network for Youth

  • Current Federal Policy Advocacy Work

  • How You Can Work With US

Current Federal Policy Work

Runaway and Homeless Youth Act (RHYA) Rulemaking

  • Resource Guide:

  • Submit your recommendations to NN4Y by May 23

  • Deadline to submit comments to Feds is June 13th

  • Regulations were last updated in 2000

  • They are a significant change and there are serious concerns

RHYA Reauthorization

  • Runaway and Homeless Youth Act (RHYA) expired in September 2013

  • Convened and lead the RHYA 2013-2014 Reauthorization Working Group

  • Have a draft bipartisan senate bill

  • Hope to have it introduced and passed through the Senate and House this year

FY 15 (FY 16) Appropriations

  • RHYA and Education of Homeless Children and Youth (EHCY) programs are discretionary funding

  • Every budget and appropriations process we have to fight for RHYA and EHCY funding

  • Senate (21 Senators) and House (27 Representatives) Dear Colleague Letters

  • Letter from National Organizations to Senate and House Appropriations

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)

  • Dear Colleague (28 members signed)

  • Collecting information from youth programs about Continuum of Care (CoC)

  • Meetings with USICH, HUD & HHS regarding HUD

  • Letters

How you can work with the Network

  • A collective voice saying the same thing is the most powerful

  • Join us!

Thank You

Darla Bardine

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Thanks for joining!

  • Save the date – next members-only webinar scheduled for mid to late June. (Members Only)

  • Feel free to email Paul Curtis at with any questions we didn’t address during today’s call.

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  • This Webinar PowerPoint will be available on the Members page of our website.

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