Yesterday, the House Financial Services Committee’s Insurance, Housing, and Community Opportunity Subcommittee passed by voice vote the Homeless Children and Youth Act (H.R. 32). This bill streamlines the homeless referral process by amending the U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) definition of homelessness to include children, youth, and their families who are verified as homeless by other federal programs, including McKinney-Vento school district liaisons, Head Start programs, Runaway and Homeless Youth Act programs, and Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, Part C early intervention programs. Modeled on child nutrition and higher education policies, it also allows these programs to refer clients to HUD in addition to making them eligible for HUD services. In practice, these changes would cover children, youth and families who live in temporary, unstable situations, including with other households and in motels.
In this video, Nobel Prize winner Wangari Maathai tells the story of a hummingbird who saves a forest from being destroyed while other animals stand to the side, overwhelmed by size of the problem…
Sometimes life can seem so big and looking for that first step can be so hard to see in the midst of the big picture. Wangari Maathai tells us:
- The current numerous development challenges that confront societies and the world at large should not overwhelm us into being negligent of our responsibilities
- The least amongst us can be the greatest. Small development interventions can make meaningful impacts
- Everyone needs to do the best that he or she can. A change begins with your best contribution
- To others our initial interventions might sound crazy but in some way we will win their hearts
So be a hummingbird…Take that first step. Your contribution can change a whole life, including your own.
Take a moment to view the video…You won’t be disappointed.