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Portman/Feinstein Amendment Ensures Consistent Definition of Homeless Students


Homeless children and youth are extremely vulnerable and at risk of becoming victims of human and sex trafficking. It is critical that all resources be made available to support these young people. Yet different definitions of homelessness across a range of federal programs create bureaucratic hassle for young people at a time of tremendous need.

By improving the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD’s) definition of homelessness to synchronize it with other federal definitions of homelessness—as proposed by Portman/Feinstein amendment number 271 to the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act of 2015—vulnerable children will be eligible for the services they need from HUD. Learn more by downloading the fact sheet below.