On Tuesday June 9, 2020,
the Emergency Family Stabilization Act, S. 3923
was introduced by Senator Murkowski (R-AK), Senator Manchin (D-WV), and Senator Sinema (D-AZ). Even before the pandemic struck, child, youth, and family homelessness was prevalent across the country. We are grateful to these U.S. Senators for taking steps to fill the gaps with this new, much-needed Emergency Family Stabilization Fund.
About the Bipartisan Emergency Family Stabilization Act
The Emergency Family Stabilization Act (EFSA) creates a new emergency funding stream administered by the Administration for Children and Families within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to provide flexible funding for community-based organizations to meet the unique needs of children, youth, and families experiencing homelessness, under a more inclusive definition of homelessness, in the wake of the coronavirus. It will provide emergency funding to under-served populations and areas who will see long-term repercussions of COVID-19, including in rural and tribal communities. EFSA funds would help communities provide emergency relief by meeting the following needs: health and safety, housing, education, transportation, child care, communications, and robust services.
EFSA provides special consideration for pregnant women, pregnant and parenting youth, children under age 6, children with disabilities, families experiencing domestic violence, survivors of sexual assault or human trafficking, historically marginalized and underserved communities of color, and families and youth in rural areas.
What You Can Do
Please take action today to ensure that prolonged child and youth homelessness does not result from the COVID-19 outbreak.
- Urge your U.S. Senators to join as cosponsors of the Emergency Family Stabilization Act, S. 3923. Use this action form to enter your zip code and send a leter which you can personalize with local or state facts, as well as your own perspectives and experiences.
- Endorse this legislation by filling out this form.
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"Thank you @lisamurkowski @sen_joemanchin and @SenatorSinema for introducing the Emergency Family Stabilization Act to help meet the needs of children, youth, and families experiencing #homelessness in the wake of COVID-19.”
“The Emergency Family Stabilization Act provides new flexible funding through the systems to which #homeless children, youth, and families are most connected: community-based organizations, schools, and early childhood programs.”
“In the wake of COVID-19, children, youth, & families experiencing #homelessness face new barriers to stability. The Emergency Family Stabilization Act meets families and youth where they are, and provides flexible funding through @ACFHHS to help”