The House subcommittee is holding a hearing today about governmental barriers that prevent homeless children from receiving assistance.
On Capitol Hill, lawmakers tried to give a human face to a national epidemic of childhood homelessness inviting former homeless children to speak before the House subcommittee today.
"It is horrifying in a nation as wealthy as ours that nearly one million children and youth experience homelessness," said Barbara Poppe, Executive Director of the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness.
Democrats say they want to cut through the red tape and help give homeless kids a chance.
"From my perch, I'm convinced we're not doing enough," said Rep. Al Green of Texas.
And while lawmakers are offering help for the youngest victims of homelessness, it can't come soon enough.