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January/February 2017Vol. 17, No. 10Runaway and Homeless Youth Final Rule

The Family and Youth Services Bureau, Administration for Children and Families (ACF), issued a final rule that reflects existing statutory requirements in the Runaway and Homeless Youth Act and changes made through the Reconnecting Homeless Youth Act of 2008. The final rule provides program performance standards for Runaway and Homeless Youth grantees that will monitor grantees' achievements related to the goals of the Runaway and Homeless Youth Act, as well as assess the quality and effectiveness of their programs. These performance standards include additional requirements for Basic Center, Transitional Living, and Street Outreach Programs regarding nondiscrimination, background checks, outreach, and training. Specifically, grantees will be required to do the following:

  • Ensure homeless youth are not discriminated against or excluded from programs or services because of their race, ethnicity, age, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, physical or cognitive ability, or background
  • Meet performance standards to improve outcomes for youths’ social and emotional well-being, permanent connections, education and employment, and stable housing
  • Require background checks for all paid and nonpaid staff who have regular and unsupervised contact with youth served by a grantee as well as for all adults who reside in or operate host homes
  • Promote collaboration and partnership with communities and Federal, State, and local systems, including child welfare, juvenile justice, and continuums of care to address youth homelessness

The final rule also updates procedures for soliciting and awarding grants.

For more information, access the Runaway and Homeless Youth Act Final Rule at

Read ACF’s press release on the rule at