PORTLAND, Maine — U.S. senators from Maine and Vermont say they have reintroduced a bill designed to curb youth homelessness and provide help for young victims of trafficking.

Republican Sen. Susan Collins of Maine and Democratic Sen. Patrick Leahy of Vermont say the Runaway and Homeless Youth and Trafficking Prevention Act would continue grants to communities around the country to prevent and respond to youth homelessness.

Collins says an estimated 4.2 million young people experience homelessness in the United States every year. She says approval of the bill would help address chronic homelessness, and provide resources to programs that play a key role in helping young people find long-term housing.

The proposal is also sponsored by Democratic Sen. Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota.