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Runaway and Homeless Youth Act

About the Act 

The Runaway and Homeless Youth Act (RHYA) provides the foundation for American communities’ responses to youth and young adult homelessness by authorizing RHYA programs, including the Street Outreach Program (SOP), Basic Center Program (BCP), and Transitional Living Program (TLP). These programs, administered by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, prevent and respond to youth exploitation through human trafficking, and provide services  - including education, employment, financial literacy, and family reconnection - to runaway, homeless, and disconnected youth.

The RHYA includes specific requirements related to supporting secondary education completion and the transition to postsecondary education for young people served in RHYA programs.

Regulations and Guidance