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.

NYS Guidance for RHY Programs Regarding COVID-19

The following guidance and restrictions apply to RHY programs in response to COVID-19:

Federal COVID-19 Resources

Other COVID-19 Resources

Reliable and timely information can be found on the Department of Health Coronavirus site and the OCFS COVID-19 info pages.

Information from the NYS Department of Homeland Security regarding FEMA’s emergency disaster declaration (DR-4480) can be found on the DHS web site.

RHY programs serving parenting youth in need of diapers and other baby supplies can find information about donations at the National Diaper Bank.

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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