Cohen Announces $877K for Community Alliance for the Homeless
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09) today announced the Administration on Children, Youth and Families (ACYF) has awarded the Community Alliance for the Homeless in Memphis, Tennessee $877,173 to support housing for families in the child welfare system. ACYF is a part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
“Homelessness is a concern in Memphis, especially among children,” said Congressman Cohen. “These new federal funds will help families in the child welfare system so our kids can have a roof over their heads and the resources to live happy, stable lives.”
The Administration on Children, Youth and Families is a part of the Administration for Children and Families (ACF), under the Department of Health and Human Services, and is administered by a Commissioner who is a Presidential appointee. ACYF is divided into two bureaus, each of which is responsible for different issues involving children, youth and families and a cross-cutting unit responsible for research and evaluation. Each of ACYF’s bureaus is headed by an Associate Commissioner. In addition, the United States and its territories are divided into 10 geographic regions, each having an office responsible for administering some of ACYF’s programs located in that region.
ACYF administers the major Federal programs that support: social services that promote the positive growth and development of children and youth and their families; protective services and shelter for children and youth in at-risk situations; and adoption for children with special needs. These programs provide financial assistance to States, community-based organizations, and academic institutions to provide services, carry out research and demonstration activities and undertake training, technical assistance, and information dissemination.