August 04, 2021

Duckworth, Durbin Announce $1.6 Million for Youth Runaway Support and Prevention


[WASHINGTON, D.C.] — U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) announced $1,600,000 today in federal funding to the Chicago-based National Runaway Safeline (NRS). This investment, allocated through the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS), will assist the NRS in fulfilling its mission to keep runaway, homeless and at-risk youth safe and off the street.

“Every child should have access to a safe place to sleep at night, yet, far too many young Americans, especially LGBTQ+ youth and youth in foster care, end up on the street with nowhere to go,” said Duckworth. “The National Runaway Safeline is critical in helping young people in times of need, and this funding will go a long way in helping keep runaway, homeless and at-risk youth safe. I will continue working with Senator Durbin to help make sure NRS and organizations like it get the necessary federal support to protect our children.”

“Located in Chicago, the National Runaway Safeline is a vital resource for vulnerable youth across the country, especially at a time when so many families are grappling with the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic,” Durbin said. “I’m pleased to join Senator Duckworth in announcing this federal funding, which will help NRS continue its work providing crisis-intervention services and other assistance to runaway and homeless youth.”