It is estimated that approximately 750,000 to 2 million youth run away from home or experience homelessness each year.
But a program called the Runaway and Homeless Youth Act is helping these young people achieve everything that they can. These programs have been proven to reduce dropout rates, double school attendance, increase college attendance, increase employment rates, reduce parental physical abuse and improve family relationships.
America's homeless youth are denied shelter, housing and support because communities lack the spectrum of programs needed for complete support. These programs would build strong communities with partnerships among community-based organizations, businesses, law enforcement and local government to make sure these youth are taken care of.
Please tell Congress to allow $140 million in FY2009 for Runaway and Homeless Youth Act (RHYA) programs.
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