Sunday, November 3, 10:00AM What’s Hot on the Hill(s): Federal and State Policy Advocacy
Location: Jefferson East
This session will review the top issues related to homelessness that are under consideration by the U.S. Congress, the Administration, and federal agencies. Participants will receive up-to-date information and advocacy strategies on funding for the McKinney-Vento’s Education for Homeless Children and Youth program, higher education legislation, and HUD homeless assistance. State policy opportunities and successes also will be presented, as well as advocacy tips and tricks.
- Learn more about our work in federal policy.
- Learn more about our work in state policy.
- Handouts and Resources:
Sunday, November 3, 2:00PM NC's Focus on Access to Quality Child Care for Children Experiencing Homelessness
This workshop will describe NC’s efforts to focus on quality child care for children and families including a toolkit of resources and an outreach and engagement project supported by Division of Child Development and Early Education. It aligns with NC’s Yay Babies Homelessness workgroup and the work of the CCR&R Council to add a special focus on helping staff and programs understand homelessness. It will describe the project history, activities aimed at parents and the provider community and new accommodations to make subsidized quality early care and education more accessible to families experiencing homelessness.
Sunday, November 3, 3:45PM Education Leads Home: A National Campaign on Student Homelessness
Launched in 2018, Education Leads Home (ELH) is a national campaign to build stronger futures for students experiencing homelessness. The campaign has three ambitious but achievable goals, one for each stage of child development: early childhood, pre-12, and postsecondary. This session will highlight 2019 ELH activities, including state partnerships and local strategies for improving identification and reducing chronic absenteeism. Communities and school districts that have made progress toward ELH goals will be featured, as well as strategies for replicating their successes.
Monday, November 4, 10:00AM Lessons of College Liaisons: Supporting Students Experiencing Homelessness
Location: Jefferson East
This session will provide national context on college student homelessness. Approximately 9% of university students and 14% community college students experienced homelessness within the last year. In addition, 3.5 million young adults (18-25), about 1 in 10, experienced homelessness on their own over the course of a year. As a result, institutions of higher education are now providing basic needs supports (e.g. food pantry, emergency funds, emergency housing, etc.) on campus that ensure student success. This session will touch on best practices nationwide that colleges are implementing with a lens on supporting homeless students.
- Learn more about our work in higher education.
- Handouts and Resources:
Monday, November 4, 3:15PM Early Childhood Homelessness State Profiles: Data Use for Practice & Policy
Location: Lincoln West
This session examines how an interagency working group developed the Early Childhood Homelessness State Profiles to be a useful resource to inform practitioners and policymakers to make evidence-based decisions. The state profiles include data from the U.S. Department of Education, Health and Human Services, and Census to provide a snapshot of early childhood homelessness by state. The speakers will describe the importance of the early childhood homelessness data, the impetus for the state profiles product, the rationale for selecting the data included, and the use of the state profiles by practitioners and policy makers.
Congressional action is heating up on a number of bills related to child, youth, and family homelessness, including FY2020 funding, higher education, and homeless assistance. Please read the updates below and take action to help children, youth, and families experiencing homelessness.
- FY2020 funding for targeted homeless children and youth programs;
- Higher education for homeless and foster youth; and
- HUD homeless assistance reform for children, youth, and families.
At SchoolHouse Connection, we listen closely, then work with practitioners to create tools and resources to meet their needs. SchoolHouse Connection resources, and some created by our partners, are listed below. We also conduct webinars on many of these same topics. If you have an idea for a tool, resource, or webinar, please email us.
Resources are categorized by the following subject areas:
- Early Childhood
- Higher Education
- Unaccompanied Youth
We are now accepting applications for SchoolHouse Connection’s Scholarship program for students entering college for the first time in the 2020-2021 school year. The deadline is November 10, 2019, 11:59 PM PST.
The SHC Youth Leadership and Scholarship Program:
- Awards scholarships to ten youth who have experienced homelessness.
- Assists youth with financial aid processes, mental health advocacy and referrals, professional legal advocacy and referrals, and assistance in locating and establishing local contacts for general support and services.
- Builds a stable peer and adult support network for recipients, before, during, and after their college careers, and into their transition into the workforce.
- Offers young people meaningful opportunities to engage in advocacy, while providing sustained support services to help ensure graduation and success in life
Click here for a printable flyer to share with teachers, counselors, service providers, and young people.