Summary: H.R.2955 — 113th Congress (2013-2014)All Information (Except Text)

There is one summary for H.R.2955. Bill summaries are authored by CRS.

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Introduced in House (08/01/2013)

Runaway and Homeless Youth Inclusion Act of 2013 - Amends the Runaway and Homeless Youth Act to revise requirements for services provided under grants from the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) for centers for runaway and homeless youth and their families.

Requires the plan proposed by grant applicants for a runaway and homeless youth center to:

  • provide services to persons in a minority category related to sexual orientation or gender identity or expression,
  • include demographics on the sexual orientation and gender identity or expression of the youth it serves within its statistical records, and
  • serve youth in a manner that is culturally competent.

Revises requirements for:

  • transitional living programs for homeless youth to require such programs to serve them in a manner that is culturally competent, and
  • sexual abuse prevention programs to require certification to HHS that these programs have systems in place to ensure services to all youth in such a manner.

Requires the HHS report on periodic estimates of incidence and prevalence of youth homelessness to include data on the demographics of such individuals (except identity), including whether they are sexual and gender minority youth.

Prohibits any person in the United States, on the basis of actual or perceived race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or disability, from being excluded from participation in, denied the benefits of, or subjected to discrimination under: (1) any program or activity funded in whole or in part with funds made available under the Act; or (2) any program or activity funded in whole or in part with funds appropriated for grants, agreements, and other assistance administered with such funds.

Grants the Attorney General and the Office of Justice Programs the same authority to enforce this Act as granted under the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968.