November 15, 2019

Manchin, Collins Applaud Passage Of Resolution To Dedicate November As National Homeless Children and Youth Awareness Month

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Susan Collins (R-ME) today applauded the passage of their resolution, S. Res 423, to recognize November as National Homeless Children and Youth Awareness Month. The resolution passed the Senate unanimously.

“In West Virginia there are more than 10,500 homeless students and across the nation there were 1.3 million homeless children and youth in the 2016-2017 school year. This is an unfortunate and unacceptable situation we are facing as a state and nation. This resolution highlights the issue of child and youth homelessness and supports the efforts of businesses, organizations, educators and volunteers that are dedicated to meeting the needs of homeless children and youth. I am proud to have worked with my colleague Senator Collins and our colleagues on both sides of the aisle to pass this resolution and look forward to working together in the future to continue to address this issue,” said Senator Manchin.

“School is challenging enough without students having to worry about where they will sleep each night.  Without the proper support, these young people are at risk of dropping out of school and are in greater danger of exploitation.  We must make sure our nation’s homeless youth have the same opportunity to succeed as other youth,” said Senator Collins. “This bipartisan resolution recognizes the hard work being done by businesses, organizations, schools, and volunteers to prevent youth homelessness.”

To view the resolution, click here.

The Senators’ resolution is also cosponsored by Senators Cantwell (D-WA), Young (R-IN), Booker (D-NJ), Lankford (R-OK), Hirono (D-HI), Hassan (D-NH), Feinstein (D-CA), Coons (D-DE), Blumenthal (D-CT), Peters (D-MI), Reed (D-RI).

The following organizations have supported Senator Manchin’s resolution: SchoolHouse Connection, First Focus Campaign for Children, Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO), School Superintendents Association (AASA), National Education Association (NEA), School Social Work Association of America (SSWAA), American School Counselor Association (ASCA), National PTA, National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP), National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP), National Head Start Association, Zero to Three, National Network for Youth (NN4Youth), True Colors United, Family Promise, American Federation of Teachers, Covenant House International, National Association of School Psychologists, A Way Home America, School Social Work Association of America, National Low Income Housing Coalition, Opportunity Starts at Home Campaign, and National Alliance to End Homelessness, Youth Collaboratory.