On Friday, September 28, the President signed “Minibus #2” (H.R. 6157) providing Fiscal Year 2019 appropriations for the Department of Defense as well as the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services (HHS), Education and their related agencies. The spending package also included a Continuing Resolution (CR) through December 7 for the remainder of unfinished appropriations bills. Funding for the Youth Mentoring Grants (YMG) program and the Youth Homelessness Demonstration Projects (YHDP) was included in the CR and will likely be finalized this autumn.
Tonight, the U.S. House of Representatives passed “Minibus #2,” a massive appropriations bill to fund the Departments of Defense, Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education. Included in the bill is $127 million for Runaway and Homeless Youth (RHY) programs. This represents level funding for RHY programs in comparison to FY2018. The bill also contains a Continuing Resolution for most other portions of the federal government to ensure there is not shutdown on October 1.
Since this bill cleared the U.S. Senate by wide margins last week, it now goes to the President for his consideration and signature. It is anticipated the spending bill will be signed into law before Friday, September 28.
Congress now turns its attention to “Minibus #3,” another large appropriations package that contains funding for the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Homeless Assistance Grants, and the Youth Homelessness Demonstration Project (YHDP).