RHY News

Support Systems for Rural Homeless Youth: A Collaborative State and Local Demonstration Final Report

The Administration for Children and Families’ Family and Youth Services Bureau (FYSB), in coordination with the Manhattan Strategy Group, has released the final report for the Support Systems for Rural Homeless Youth (SSRHY) Demonstration Projects. FYSB awarded demonstration grants to six states - Colorado, Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, Oklahoma, and Vermont to implement projects designed to improve the support for rural homeless youth by enhancing their connections to supportive services, the community, education, and employment. The report outlines the quantitative and qualitative outcomes of their projects, best practices, and promising approaches to assist FYSB and RHY organizations with offering comprehensive and collaborative support and services for rural homeless youth.

According to the results, at the completion of the projects 94% of youth in Colorado exited to a safe place; 90% of youth in Iowa are now receiving work readiness and job placement services; 91% of youth in Minnesota made safe exits; 50% of youth in Nebraska live with a parent/guardian, relative or friend, and 25% live independently; 101 youth in Oklahoma were provided a multitude of resources, and 18 out of 55 youth in Vermont gained and sustained fulltime employment.

Each state was able to effectively collaborate with local partners to develop and deliver their SSRHY demonstration projects, which contributed to each project’s success. The report can be accessed here.


"Here For Good: Sustaining Your RHY Program with Local Support" is Now Available

The Family and Youth Services Bureau (FYSB) and Runaway and Homeless Youth Training and Technical Assistance Center (RHYTTAC) are pleased to release “Here For Good: Sustaining Your RHY Program with Local Support” – a sustainability resource for Runaway and Homeless Youth (RHY) Programs.

Feedback from the 2018 Runaway and Homeless Youth Grantee Assessment, 2018 National RHY Grantees Training, 2018 Regional Meetings, and other sources continues to emphasize sustainability as a key priority for grantees of FYSB’s RHY Program. While the population of youth needing RHY services has grown and the communities where such services are available have expanded, funding for programs has become increasingly competitive and limited. RHY programs are exceedingly challenged to engage community partners, develop diverse sources of funding and support, and eliminate dependence on federal funds. This resource includes strategies, case studies, and exercises to facilitate team exploration of strengths and opportunities. 

View this resource here.


Nominations Are Being Accepted for Missing Children's Day Awards

The United States Department of Justice (DOJ), through its Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP), is now accepting nominations through January 23, 2019 for the Missing Children's Day awards.

The award categories are:
Missing Children's Law Enforcement Award
Missing Children's Citizen Award
Missing Children's Child Protection Award
Attorney General's Special Commendation

Award winners will be honored at the National Missing Children's Day Ceremony on May 22, 2019 in Washington, D.C. For more information, please visit: https://bit.ly/2SWneav

Contact: (877) 798-7692 or [email protected] with any questions.


Lessons from the Field: "How Mentoring Supports Runaway and Homeless Youth Victims and Survivors of Commercial Sexual Exploitation and Sex Trafficking"

The Family and Youth Services Bureau (FYSB), in collaboration with the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP), invites you to join the panel discussion “How mentoring supports runaway and homeless youth victims and survivors of commercial sexual exploitation and sex trafficking.”

Mentoring is a tool that is gaining traction and is emerging as a successful practice with youth who are at risk of or are victims and survivors of commercial sexual exploitation and sex trafficking. The panel discussion will tap into the experiences of programs who provide mentoring services specifically to these youth, including youth experiencing homelessness. The discussion will also focus on the national scope of mentoring youth programs, and how youth-informed practices and youth leadership can assist programs in integrating effective prevention and intervention approaches when working with youth.

Monday, January, 28, 2019 from 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. EST

K. Lenore Jean-Baptiste, Project Coordinator, Nevada Partnership for Homeless Youth
Heather McNutt, RHY Program Manager, Common Ground
Kendan Elliott, Project Lead and TA Manager, Youth Collaboratory
Mirielle Milne, Youth Collaboratory Advocate, Youth Catalyst

Registration (required):
All attendees must pre-register for the webinar by clicking the following link: 

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.


Message to all attendees of the 2018 National RHY Grantees Training

FYSB and RHYTTAC are monitoring the weather conditions in Austin and have been in touch with the host hotel about accommodations being made as there is currently a “water advisory” which is limited to drinking water - not bathing or showering.

  • During the advisory, bottled water will be distributed to all attendees at check-in for consumption and brushing teeth. In addition, the hotel will provide water stations throughout the hotel to fill water bottles.
  • Please note the weather forecast for Austin is sunny for the beginning of the national training week transitioning to rain at the end of the week. Please come prepared as applicable.

We have a great event planned and FYSB and RHYTTAC look forward to seeing everyone in Austin next week.


New RHY Clearinghouse Website

The National Clearinghouse on Homeless Youth and Families (NCHYF), also known as the Runaway and Homeless Youth (RHY) Clearinghouse, recently launched its new blog and website. The Clearinghouse is sponsored by the Family and Youth Services Bureau and was created specifically for RHY service providers, including grantees, to offer ready access to information and resources that can support the important work they do. The first “On Point” blog post takes readers on a brief tour of the new website. To learn more, please visit: https://rhyclearinghouse.acf.hhs.gov/node/22018.

You may also sign up to receive emails and future blog posts from the Clearinghouse at: https://rhyclearinghouse.acf.hhs.gov/subscribe.


Home Free Program

The National Runaway Safeline (NRS), formerly known as the National Runaway Switchboard, established in 1971, serves as the federally-designated national communication system for runaway and homeless youth.  Annually, NRS, with the support of more than 120 volunteers, makes 250,000 connections to help and hope through hotline, online and offline resources.  Through its crisis hotline (1-800-RUNAWAY) and online (1800RUNAWAY.org) services, NRS provides crisis intervention for youth at crisis and runaway and homeless youth, including youth victims of human trafficking, families, community members, and youth services providers throughout the country 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The Home Free Program has reunited more than 17,000 youth with their families through. This programs is done in collaboration with Greyhound Lines, Inc. The Home Free Program helps reunite runaway youth with their families, or an alternative living arrangement through a free bus ticket home. By connecting to NRS at 1-800-RUNAWAY or 1800RUNAWAY.org, youth can initiate the process to return home or to a safe alternative.  

To learn more about the HOME FREE program and how you can utilize this service please visit: https://rhyttac.memberclicks.net/assets/docs/News/Home%20Free.pdf


Basic Center Program FOA Now Available

The Administration for Children and Families, Administration on Children, Youth and Families' Family and Youth Services Bureau (FYSB) announces the release of the Basic Center Program (BCP) Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA).

BCPs work to establish or strengthen community-based programs that meet the immediate needs of runaway and homeless youth up to 18 years of age and their families. BCPs provide youth with emergency shelter, food, clothing, counseling, and referrals to necessary services. Basic centers can provide temporary shelter for up to 21 days for youth and seek to reunite young people with their families, whenever possible, or to locate appropriate alternative placements. Additional services may include street-based services, home-based services for families with youth at risk of separation from the family, drug abuse education, and prevention services.

Under this announcement, budget and project periods will start on September 30, 2018. An estimated 89 awards will be funded. Applications are due on Thursday, July 5, 2018. Please note that this is an abbreviated application period, which is shortened from 60 days to 51 days.

Please click here to view the full announcement: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=298176.


Runaway and Homeless Youth Program
Family and Youth Services Bureau

Street Outreach Program Funding Now Available

The Family and Youth Services Bureau announces the availability of funding for approximately 37 grants to programs providing street-based services to runaway, homeless, and street youth who have been subjected to, or are at-risk of sexual abuse, sexual exploitation and severe forms of trafficking in persons. Grantees of the Street Outreach Program (SOP) provide services in areas where street youth congregate, in order to help them make healthy choices and provide them access to shelter.

Funding Opportunity Number: HHS-2018-ACF-ACYF-YO-1353

Application Due Date: June 20, 2018

Read the SOP funding opportunity announcement here: https://ami.grantsolutions.gov/HHS-2018-ACF-ACYF-YO-1353

Save the Dates for the 2018 National RHY Grantees Training

The Family and Youth Services Bureau (FYSB) and the Runaway and Homeless Youth Training and Technical Assistance Center (RHYTTAC) are pleased to announce the 2018 National Runaway and Homeless Youth (RHY) Grantees Training will be held in Austin, Texas from October 31st through November 2nd. Registration for the national training and hotel are scheduled to open on June 4th.

The training will begin at 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday, October 31st and conclude at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, November 2nd. There will be opportunities to attend additional institute trainings preceding the national training on Tuesday afternoon beginning at 1:00 p.m.

Organizations receiving FYSB RHY funding are eligible for a stipend of up to $600 to assist with travel and hotel expenses.  All grantees are directed to send an organizational representative per their funding agreement.

Call for Presenters

FYSB, RHYTTAC, and the 2018 National RHY Grantees Training planning committee, invite you to submit a workshop proposal for this year's National Grantees Training. More than 30 workshop trainings of 90-minute duration will be available to all RHY program staff levels.  RHYTTAC is seeking relevant topics that will be of most benefit to a wide variety of grantees. The deadline for submitting proposals is May 25, 2018.

Your willingness to share your experience and expertise with fellow grantees is appreciated. Please share this call for presenters with your colleagues in the field, especially those who you believe would be valuable additions to the training experience.  If you have any questions about workshop presentations or proposals, please contact Kim Frierson at 502.635.3660, [email protected], or Mark Wolf at 865.684.4580, [email protected].

Click here to view the criteria and instructions for submitting a proposal.

Click here to submit your proposal.

Call for Posters

FYSB, RHYTTAC, and the 2018 National RHY Grantees Training planning committee also invite you to submit a Poster Session Presentation application for consideration at this year’s national training.

The Poster Session will highlight quality, innovative, and relevant programming in a poster display format. Each selected agency will be provided a tri-fold poster board to display on an exhibit table during the national training. The Poster Session provides the opportunity for RHY grantees to share promising and best-practices from their programs in a format that encourages informal sharing of experience, expertise, and lessons learned. 

The deadline for submitting a Poster Session application is May 25, 2018.

Click here to view the criteria for submitting an application.

Click here to submit your application.

If you have any questions about the Poster Session Presentation or your application, please contact April Carthorn, [email protected], or Mark Wolf, [email protected]. You may also call 865.684.4580.

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