In the early 1970s, an alarming number of youth were leaving home without parental permission, crossing State lines, and falling victim to exploitation and other dangers of street life. In response to the widespread concern about the problem of runaway and homeless youth, Congress authorized the Runaway and Homeless Youth Act of 1974 (RHYA), which provided financial support for States through a competitive grant program. The implementation and administration of the program was placed in the Family and Youth Services Bureau (FYSB) within the Administration for Children and Families (ACF), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).
Today, FYSB continues to administer the Basic Center Program (BCP) funding to the organizations and shelters that serve and protect runaway, homeless, and street youth. BCP funds are allotted annually based on each State's relative population of youth less than 18 years of age, subject to certain adjustments as described in 42 U.S.C. section 5711 (b).
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