Runaway and Homeless Youth Act 

2019 marks the 45th anniversary of the Runaway and Homeless Youth Act (RHYA). In 1974, the Runaway Youth Act passed as Title III of the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act which decriminalized runaway youth and authorized funding for Basic Center Programs (BCP). In 2017, the Office of Law Revision Counsel reorganized existing provisions of the United States Code into a new Title 34, Crime Control and Law Enforcement. No statutory text was repealed or amended in the reorganization. The impetus for the Title 34 project was to gather in one title the growing body of law bearing on crime control and law enforcement. Those provisions were previously scattered in various parts of the United States Code. Title 42, The Public Health and Welfare, where the Runaway and Homeless Youth authorizing legislation was previously classified, is an enormous title containing a complicated mix of various provisions. Title 34 was created to provide a place in the Code where current and future provisions related to crime control and law enforcement could be better organized and maintained. The text of the legislation, not including amendments and citations, is below.

To learn more about the RHYA, please view the timeline below or visit to read the current RHYA findings. You may also access the complete text of the legislation, including all amendments and citations at

Runaway and Homeless Youth Act: Celebrating 45 Years

FYSB and RHYTTAC are pleased to celebrate the 45th Anniversary of the RHYA during the 2019 National RHY Grantees Training, in Fort Lauderdale, FL. In recognition and celebration of the RHYA, you are invited to share photos that convey the evolution of your services since its inception in 1974. The RHYA provides the federal funding needed to maintain and run Basic Center Programs, Maternity Group Homes, Transitional Living Programs, and Street Outreach Programs, as well as various demonstration projects that impact RHY communities. These photos will be utilized in an interactive timeline that all attendees will be able to view during the national training.

To that end, we’d like your help identifying photos and documentation that may be used to highlight how the RHYA has impacted your organization and community. If you have pictures, brochures, or other visuals of the following activities, please share them via the link below. You’re invited to send pictures related to your RHY services that are not included on the list below as well. 

  • Ribbon cuttings or opening of new programs or buildings for RHY services
  • Your team participating in community information fairs
  • Outreach in action including pictures of outreach vans and mobile medical services
  • Activities at your drop-in center
  • Staff participating in training activities
  • Education and employment activities for youth
  • Fundraising events
  • Youth advisory boards making a difference
  • Volunteers making things happen
  • Recreational activities with youth
  • Using your voices as advocates
  • Other photos that bring your services to life

For additional inspiration and ideas to identify relevant photos, feel free to take a look at the RHYA timeline below. As you look through your archived and current photos, think about whether the activity/event would have been possible without the impact of the RHYA. If the RHYA made the activity or event possible, please consider sharing related photographs. When submitting your photos, please include the approximate year, a short description of the photo, and which event from the RHYA timeline it correlates with most.  

The deadline for photo submissions is October 1st.

Click here to submit your photos.