Simmons’ Bill to Ensure State Assistance for Thousands of Homeless Children Advances
HARRISBURG – Legislation sponsored by Rep. Justin Simmons (R-Lehigh/Northampton) that would give thousands of homeless children in Pennsylvania a chance for a healthy and productive life was unanimously approved by the House Human Services Committee today. House Bill 2204 will next move to the full House of Representatives for consideration.

“There are an estimated 6,000 homeless infants and toddlers living in the Commonwealth,” said Simmons. “These babies are born into a situation that places them in a dangerous disadvantage from the start. My legislation would remove barriers to help the families of these children get the assistance and resources needed to ensure a brighter future.” 

Simmons’ bill would amend the Early Intervention Services Act of 1990 to add a sixth “homeless” category of at-risk children to trigger the automatic tracking of a youngster under the age of 3. Currently, the categories include children whose birth weight is under 1,500 grams; children being cared for in neonatal intensive care units; children born to chemically dependent mothers; children who are seriously abused or neglected; and children with confirmed dangerous levels of lead poisoning.

“We all know that what happens in early childhood can ripple through a lifetime,” said Simmons. “According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, homelessness can impact young children in unique ways, leading to lifelong learning, mental health and physical issues. While there are many services to assist the homeless available in Pennsylvania, homeless babies have been overlooked. Helping them is simply the right thing to do.”

Simmons noted that House Bill 2204, which was introduced only this week, already has 34 co-sponsors and strong bipartisan support.

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Representative Justin Simmons
131st District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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