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President’s FY2021 Budget Proposal Threatens Educational Protections for Homeless Children and Youth

On February 10, 2020, President Trump released his FY2021 budget proposal. The proposal is just that – a proposal. Congress, and in particular the Appropriations Committees, have the power and the responsibility to determine the actual funding that is appropriated each year for federal programs. Please take one minute now to send a letter to your U.S. Senators and U.S. Representatives to urge them to support the Education for Homeless Children and Youth (EHCY program) and Runaway and Homeless Youth Act (RHYA) programs in the fiscal year 2021 budget.

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Never Stop Telling Your Story: 7 Questions with Destiny Dickerson, an SHC Young Leader

Destiny explains, “Having had to silently deal with so many mental health issues and watching others struggle in their own ways, I have developed a passion to want to help those struggling to find inner peace.” Here, Destiny explains how education has been a powerful force in her life–and how she’s compelled to help other students experiencing homelessness be their own best advocates.

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Q & A FROM OUR INBOXES

If a parent tells the liaison, during the initial assessment, that they are going to be evicted, but this eviction is not going to take place for a few weeks/days, can the liaison qualify them for McKinney-Vento services immediately? What if they have documentation of the eviction?

Answer: Eligibility determinations based on pending evictions are case-by-case, as are all determinations of McKinney-Vento eligibility. If a family has been given documentation of an imminent eviction, and they know they will be moving to a homeless situation (going...

Can districts use their Title I homeless set-aside to pay for counseling sessions and dental services for a homeless student?

Answer: Yes, as long as 1) the services are reasonable and necessary to assist the student to take advantage of educational opportunities; and 2) Title I, Part A funds are used as a last resort when funds or services are not available from other public or private...

Can McKinney-Vento funds be used to pay for temporary housing for an identified McKinney-Vento student?

Answer: No, McKinney-Vento funds cannot be used for housing. Many school districts seek donations or partner with community organizations to meet this need for their students. Read more Q&A from Our Inbox

Are minors able to obtain their social security cards without a legal guardian present?

Answer: Yes. The minor can get the card without a parent.  However, there are document requirements that can be difficult to fulfill without a parent.  The requirements are at https://www.ssa.gov/ssnumber/ss5doc.htm.  A school ID can prove identity, but the student...

Early Childhood

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.

PreK - 12

In the 2017-18 school year, public schools identified more than 1.5 million homeless students. Schools provide basic needs, caring adults, stability, normalcy, and the skills to avoid homelessness as adults.

Higher Education

The majority of well-paying jobs created today require education beyond high school. Post-secondary attainment is increasingly necessary to break the cycle of poverty and homelessness, and live a healthy, productive life.

Unaccompanied Youth

Unaccompanied homeless youth are young people experiencing homelessness who are not in the physical custody of a parent or guardian. 4.2 million youth and young adults experience homelessness each year.

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