Fixing the FAFSA for Homeless Youth: Congress Begins HEA Reauthorization with Testimony from a SHC Leader Image above: Witnesses at the November 27 Senate Committee Hearing on FAFSA Homelessness, lack of education, and poverty are inextricably linked. Recent research...read more
Federal rules on immigrant youth and families are changing rapidly. We’ve updated our immigration brief with new information related to “Temporary Protected Status” for Nicaraguans and Hondurans. And we’ve translated the brief into Spanish! It provides basic...read more
To Create Change, We Must Change: Exploring the Disconnect Between Homelessness and Educational Success
By Deidra Thomas-Murray, Homeless Liaison, Saint Louis Public Schools. Teachers arrive at work prepared to teach students who may seem to be prepared to learn. But how prepared can students be when they are living under stressful housing conditions? I ask, “How likely are teachers to understand,” because there was a time in my career that I did not “get it.”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.