Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Joe Manchin’s (D-WV) bipartisan resolution designating November as Homeless Children and Youth Awareness Month passed the Senate on November 16 with unanimous approval. NLIHC, the Opportunity Starts at Home campaign, and other youth and homelessness advocacy groups supported the resolution, which aims to bring attention to the estimated 1.4 million children experiencing homelessness across the country.
“Every child deserves to have a roof over their head and a warm place to sleep at night,” said Senator Manchin. “Unfortunately, that is not the case for more than 9,500 children in West Virginia and over a million children across the country.” Senator Collins added that the resolution recognizes the hard work of businesses, organizations, schools, and volunteers to prevent youth homelessness.
Senators Ron Wyden (D-OR), Maria Cantwell (D-WA), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Chris Coons (D-DE), Gary Peters (D-MI), Mazie Hirono (D-HI), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Maggie Hassan (D-NH), Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and Jack Reed (D-RI) also supported the introduction and passing of the resolution.
Read the resolution at: bit.ly/3BLbFZn