News and Updates


Doing What We Can—As Schools and Individuals

By Marta Martinez, McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Liaison, Northside ISD, Texas. "As the enrollment of students identified as being impacted by Hurricane Harvey increased, so did my concerns about how their needs would be met as they enrolled at campuses throughout our large district."

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Immigrant Students: How Schools Can Help

Federal rules on immigrant youth and families are changing rapidly, from Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) to enforcement actions by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). This three-page brief provides basic information about eligibility for education services, and practical suggestions for schools.

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Back to School, Back in Session

As children and youth return to school, Congress returns to session. A long “to do” list awaits Congressional members, including legislation that will impact children, youth, and families experiencing homelessness. Register for our upcoming federal policy webinars.

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This Was Not Supposed To Happen To Me…

By Jonathan Houston, Equal Opportunity Schools, former Tukwila School District, WA liaison. “‘This was not supposed to happen to me.’ That was the first thought that went through my mind during my first year as a McKinney-Vento liaison. I finally had a decent job and had begun to progress toward my professional career in providing equity. I was the guy who was supposed to help everybody else…but homelessness was not supposed to happen to me.”

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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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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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