For years HUD has opted to ignore many homeless families and youth in their homeless counts. They claim only 656,129 homeless persons* for 2009 which dreadfully ignores the fact that the U.S. Dept. of Education reports close to a million homeless students identified during the same period.
The"Educational Success for Children and Youth Without Homes Act of 2011," (H. R. 1253 and S. 571) have recently been introduced to include children (in families) and youth on their own who are homeless in HUD's count which gets reported to Congress. These bills make sure homeless children/youth count by using the more realistic and comprehensive definition of homelessness as used by the U.S. Department of Education.
Congresswoman Biggert (R-13, IL) introduced H. R. 1253. She was joined by original cosponors Congressman Raul Grijalva (D-7th/AZ) and Congressman Dale Kildee (D-5th/MI). S. 571 Senate sponsors: U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Senator Al Franken (D-MN) and Senator Mark Begich (D-AK).
We need more congressional co-sponsors of H.R. 1253/ S. 571. Sign this petition to ask your legislator to join the effort to "Make Homeless Kids Count!"
HUD doesn't count the majority of homeless kids, families and youth on their own doubled-up with family/friends, couch-surfing, or staying in cheap motels. H.R. 1253 and/or S. 571, the Educational Success for Children and Youth Without Homes Act of 2011, will change the way HUD defines homelessness to include homeless children and youth as identified in schools and agencies serving homeless families and youth.
Please join as a co-sponsor of this small, but critical bill, H.R. 1253/S. 571, Educational Success for Children and Youth Without Homes Act of 2011.