Education is Essential.
Education, from early childhood through post-secondary, gives children and youth the tools to end their homelessness and achieve their dreams.
Changes must be rooted in the realities of local communities.
Prevention must be a priority.
We will not solve adult homelessness until the complex realities and comprehensive needs of children and youth take a front seat in policy and practice.
Young people are the experts on their experiences and needs.
Child and Youth Development
The developmental needs of children and youth must be central to all advocacy, program design, outcome measures, and policy.
On June 22, the U.S. House of Representatives passed “The Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act,” HR 2353. SchoolHouse Connection applauds the passage of this legislation, which will improve access to high-quality career and technical education for youth experiencing homelessness. For many homeless youth, career and technical education may offer the best path to living-wage employment that will help them escape poverty, and therefore never experience homelessness again.read more
We’ve got new tools to help school districts and states implement ESSA amendments, including a brief on participation in extra-curricular activities; an editable template to provide athletic directors and associations with determinations of a youth’s homeless status (or foster care status); and a sample form letter to determine the independent student status of unaccompanied homeless youth for financial aid.read more
By Jordyn Roark, BSW candidate, University of North Carolina at Pembroke. “You walk into an office and are asked for your name and address. You reply that you don’t have an address. The secretary looks confused and says, ‘You must have an address. Where do you sleep?’ You cringe and restate that you do not have an address. The secretary fumbles through some papers, lets out a strained breath, and finally looks up to state: ‘We need an address in order to move forward.’”read more
Infants are at greater risk of living in homeless shelters than any other age group in the United States. Early childhood programs prevent the harmful life-long effects of homelessness on education, health and well-being.
In the 2014-15 school year, public schools identified more than 1.2 million homeless students. Schools provide basic needs, caring adults, stability, normalcy, and the skills to avoid homelessness as adults.
The majority of well-paying jobs created today require at least a Bachelor’s degree. A college degree is increasingly necessary to break the cycle of poverty and homelessness, and live a healthy, productive life.