Office of Children and Family Services

The Office of Youth and Young Adult Services

Runaway and Homeless Youth

Youth and young adults who are living on the streets or who do not have consistent, stable housing are highly vulnerable. Homelessness is not just a problem in cities; young people in suburban and rural communities also face homelessness. They are often trying to escape neglect, abuse, conflict in their homes, forced work, sexual exploitation, and intolerance of their sexual gender/identity.

The Runaway and Homeless Youth Advisory Committee, comprised of community and state agency representatives, advises OCFS on matters pertaining to the administration of the Runaway and Homeless Youth Act.

There are several types of RHY facilities: runaway and homeless youth crisis service programs, interim family homes, and Transitional Independent Living Programs-group residence or supported residence.

Program Directory

Need a safe place to stay?

Select your location from the map or the drop down to search for RHY agencies near you.

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