Maureen Blaha, National Runaway Safeline (NRS) Executive Director was in Washington, DC this past month for a 2-day National Summit on Youth…

nn4y_summit_banner_website_1Maureen Blaha, National Runaway Safeline (NRS) Executive Director was in Washington, DC this past month for a 2-day National Summit on Youth Homelessness. Sponsored by the National Network for Youth (NN4Y), the event focused on the urgent and unique needs of homeless youth in America and the federal response required.

NN4Y is the architect of the 1974 Runaway and Homeless Youth Act and has led every subsequent reauthorization. In the first of its kind National Summit, former runaway and homeless youth, services providers, advocates, federal workers and Congresspersons from across the United States discussed the need for more comprehensive solutions to serve this population.

This gathering comes at a time when considerable national and federal interest focuses on prioritizing youth-appropriate policies and increasing commonsense investment in homeless youth services.

NN4Y released a White Paper titled “Youth Homelessness In America: The Current Status and The Way Forward,” which outlines the key policy priorities needed to move forward in scaling up youth-appropriate services and interventions to prevent youth from victimization, human trafficking, chronic adult homelessness and other negative effects caused by youth homelessness.