News and Updates

 

Back to School ESSA Tools

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.

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#MoreThanHomeless

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.'”

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Archived Webinars, SHC Scholarship Application, and More

There's no shortage of new resources this month! Learn about archived video and hand-outs from our webinars on financial aid and access to pre-K, a new legal network for homeless youth, SHC's scholarship application, and updated state fact sheets on early childhood homelessness from the Administration for Children & Families.

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Health Care, Homelessness, and Education: A Personal Plea

By Dakota Chronis, Student, North Seattle Community College. Early in life I struggled significantly with schooling because there were many basic needs that I never had met. I lived in unsafe environments due to financial instability. The constant threat of being harmed or becoming sick was scary because I didn’t have access to medical care. My untreated chronic health issues prevented me from focusing on schooling.

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House Passes Career and Technical Education Bill

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.

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On Being Noticed, Feeling Safe, and Finding Strength in Community

"The issue of homelessness is often an invisible burden outshined by images of tattered clothes and messages written on cardboard. The true face of homelessness is so much broader than that. We will truly elicit change when we are able to help our community and those in power see those faces." We present a very special guest perspective. Two SHC Young Leaders - student and peer mentor - share their thoughts and feelings about speaking truth to power in Washington, DC.

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President’s FY2018 Budget Proposal and Homelessness

On May 23, the President released his Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 budget proposal. The President’s budget proposal is just that – a proposal that signals the Administration’s priorities for the nation. It is Congress that ultimately makes decisions about the budget. Nonetheless, the President’s budget proposal is cause for concern.

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