A New Year, A New Congress: 2019 Legislative Priorities

The 116th Congress convened last week, kicking off a two-year legislative session. A new Congress means new members and new committee assignments -- and, in the case of the U.S. House of Representatives, a new majority. In addition to addressing the urgent need to...

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Youth Homelessness and Higher Education: An Overview

Postsecondary attainment is increasingly necessary to move out of poverty and homelessness and live a healthy, productive life. Yet youth experiencing homelessness face barriers in transitioning from secondary to postsecondary education, as well as barriers to financial aid, college retention, and college completion. This fact sheet summarizes existing data and information on youth homelessness and higher education.

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Homework without a Home: How Title I Supports Can Support Young Readers

By Jill Getman, Homeless Tutor, Independence School District, Missouri. “Education is the key to ending homelessness, and if I can help one student in their journey, I’ve done my job.  Each week when I walk in, I know I will see new faces; but more often than not, I see a face I have seen the previous week, along with a hug and an “I’m so glad you are back!””

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Do you have insights into passports for unaccompanied youth?

Answer: Please see below for the State Department’s commentary about passports for minors.  The McKinney-Vento Act does not change these requirements, since the State Department is not bound by the MV Act, so no one from the school will be able to sign for a minor to...

I have a district with a McKinney-Vento subgrant doing an art therapy program at a transitional living program. They also want to involve students in motels, and to keep serving students even after they move into permanent housing. Is that acceptable?

Answer: Absolutely. Both transitional housing and motels are considered homeless situations, so using McKinney-Vento funds to serve those students is fine. It’s also fine to serve permanently housed students in a mixed environment with McKinney-Vento eligible...

I’m working with an unaccompanied youth who is living with an older friend. We’re trying to get some information about what rights the friend has to access educational records. She is committed to the student, but the parent will not sign over a release or anything.

Answer: If the student is 18, the student can consent for the friend to access school records and participate in the student’s education. 34 CFR 99.3. For students under age 18, if an adult is acting as a parent in the absence of a parent or guardian, then that adult...

I have a student whose parent completed FAFSA in February 2018, but the student was kicked out and became an unaccompanied youth in May 2018. Is there a process for amending the FAFSA if a student becomes an unaccompanied youth after a FAFSA is initially filed?

Answer: Yes, the student can update the FAFSA.  This website has some great information, and it might be worth printing off this page and bringing it to the financial aid office, along with your unaccompanied youth verification letter:...

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 2015-16 school year, public schools identified more than 1.3 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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