FYSB Runaway and Homeless Youth Program

Each year, thousands of U.S. youth run away from home, are asked to leave their homes or become homeless. Through the Runaway and Homeless Youth Program (RHY), FYSB supports street outreach, emergency shelters and longer-term transitional living and maternity group home programs to serve and protect these young people. For more details, read the RHY Fact Sheet.

Runaway and Homeless Youth Grant Programs

Street Outreach Program: The Street Outreach Program enables organizations around the country to help young people get off the streets. To that end, the program promotes efforts by its grantees to build relationships between street outreach workers and runaway, homeless and street youth. Grantees also provide support services that aim to move youth into stable housing and prepare them for independence. The program’s ultimate goal is to prevent the sexual abuse or exploitation of young people living on the streets or in unstable housing. Click here to learn more about the Street Outreach Program.

Basic Center Program: The primary purpose of the Basic Center Program is to provide temporary shelter and counseling services to youth who have left home without permission of their parents or guardians, have been forced to leave home, or other homeless youth who might end up in contact with law enforcement or in the child welfare, mental health, or juvenile justice systems. Services are provided for a maximum of 21 days. Click here to learn more about the Basic Center Program.

Transitional Living Program: The purpose of the FYSB-funded Transitional Living Program is to provide a safety net and strong emotional support system for young people, ages 16 to 22, to transition into self-sufficiency. Services are provided for up to 540 days, or in exceptional circumstances, up to 635 days. Young people who have not yet turned 18 after 635 days may stay in the program until their 18th birthday. Click here to learn more about the Transitional Living Program.

Maternity Group Home Program: The purpose of the FYSB-funded Maternity Group Home program is to promote long-term economic independence to ensure the well-being of youth and their children. The Maternity Group Home supports homeless pregnant and/or parenting young people between the ages of 16 and 22, as well as their dependent children. Services are provided for up to 21 months, or until a young person turns 18 years old if they enter a program at age 16. MGH grantees are required to teach young people parenting skills as well as child development, family budgeting, health and nutrition, and other skills. Click here to learn more about the Maternity Group Home program.