Manchin Advocates for Homeless Children & Youth, bipartisan Emergency Family Stabilization Act
Across the United States there are over 1.5 million children and youth currently experiencing homelessness. In West Virginia alone there are over 10,000 homeless children and youth, though we know that number is likely much higher. It breaks my heart every time I think about the children in West Virginia and throughout this country that do not have stable, secure housing. It’s simply unacceptable. Our children and youth deserve to feel safe, and need a bed to sleep in night after night and food to fill their bellies. That’s why I am leading my colleagues in reintroducing a bipartisan resolution to designate November 2020 as National Homeless Children and Youth Awareness Month. This dedication will help raise awareness about this growing issue and the difficulties so many of our children face every day. This issue isn’t going away, in fact the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting our homeless youth now more than ever before, and we must continue advocating for our children who deserve to have a place they can call home. I urge all of my colleagues in Congress to come together and support the bipartisan, bicameral Emergency Family Stabilization Act. This commonsense bill will create new, dedicated funding to assist communities that are working with children and youth experiencing homelessness. Together, we must continue shining a spotlight on this problem and work together to implement solutions that help our homeless youth in need.