Reed & Collins Lead Congressional Hearing on Youth Homelessness

4/29/2015 — 

Congress must do more to help end youth homelessness and protect vulnerable kids from human traffickers.

In 2014, nearly one thousand young people utilized Rhode Island’s homeless shelter system.

On April 29, Senator Reed held a bipartisan hearing with Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) aimed at helping these kids and addressing the root causes of homelessness.

The Committee heard from a diverse panel of experts and youth homelessness advocates, including Grammy award-winning recording artist and founder of the True Colors FundCyndi Lauper, as well as HUD officials, service providers on the frontlines of assisting homeless youth, and young people who have experienced homelessness themselves.

By strengthening protections for homeless youth and better connecting them to coordinated housing, education, health, and job-training programs and services, Reed believes these young people can build a better future for themselves, and our communities.

Watch a clip from the hearing to learn more: