News and Updates

 

Bipartisan Senate Resolution Introduced Recognizing November 2020 as “National Homeless Children and Youth Awareness Month”

On November 20, U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Susan Collins (R-ME) led 19 Senators in introducing their bipartisan resolution to recognize November 2020 as "National Homeless Children and Youth Awareness Month." This is the second year that both child and youth homelessness -- the experience from infancy to young adulthood -- have been recognized in the form of a Congressional resolution.

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Planning for College Breaks: Advice for Youth, from Youth

For students experiencing homelessness, on-campus housing is critical. While on-campus housing provides stability during the fall and spring semester, unfortunately, many on-campus housing options close for winter and summer break. This can leave you scrounging for alternative housing options to fill those gaps until the campus housing opens again. As you look through the housing options available and make plans for breaks when your campus is closed, here are some important things to consider.

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Senate Releases FY2021 Spending Bills

On November 10, the U.S. Senate released its FY2021 spending bill for Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, as well as other agencies. The U.S. House of Representatives passed its FY2021 Labor-HHS-ED spending bill, H.R. 7614, on July 13.

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Supporting Homeless and Foster Youth During the Holidays Amidst COVID-19

Earlier this year, SchoolHouse Connection, Youth Villages, and Juvenile Law Center created an editable toolkit for colleges and universities to help inform decisions to support students with experience with homelessness and foster care during COVID-19. As the semester comes to a close and the holidays are quickly approaching, we offer six tips for institutions to support these students.

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Addressing Child, Youth, and Family Homelessness: Priorities for the Biden-Harris Administration

There is nothing ordinary about this Presidential transition. The seismic events of the coronavirus pandemic, the economic crisis, the toxic political divisions, and the long overdue awakening to systemic racism call for new thinking, and bold and decisive action to reflect current realities. This is especially true for our most vulnerable children, youth, and families, who must be a priority if our nation is to have hope for a stronger future. Addressing homelessness in the same ways that it has been addressed in the past is a recipe for failure we can ill afford. Specifically, we must prioritize young children, youth, and families, and we must center child and youth serving systems in our response to homelessness. If we do not, we are all but guaranteeing that homelessness will continue for future generations. 

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Shine a Light: How Do You Track the Educational Progress of Students Experiencing Homelessness?

This chart is intended to help you and your colleagues (1) develop a clearer understanding of how you currently track the educational progress of homeless students; (2) think critically about the data that most effectively draws attention to the needs of homeless students in your community; and (3) establish a plan for accessing or collecting data as needed.

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Growing up as the Youngest

“I am the second youngest of 7 children and growing up, my siblings and I relied heavily on each other to navigate the challenges we faced. Though we ended up being split apart at a young age, we managed to survive, and to this day I would not be who I am if it wasn’t for them. This is my story.” By Danny, SchoolHouse Connection Scholar

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Being the Oldest and Walking Away

“You could tell early on in my childhood that my mother had never truly wanted to be anything other than young and carefree, while many parenting responsibilities fell onto me with full accountability. This meant that, while some kids got cared for by loving parents, I was raised early on to be self-reliant, and when the time came, I was taught to be a caretaker for my sister too.” By Aseret, SchoolHouse Connection Scholar

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Creative Ways to Reach Students Experiencing Homelessness During COVID-19

“As we went back to school this fall, we faced many challenges. Some of the biggest ones were, and continue to be, 1) Where are our students? 2) What kind of learning will best accommodate each student? 3) How will we provide transportation once we start to open school buildings? We haven’t physically seen our students since March, so first, we are working to find our students and make sure they are fully incorporated in our program and our schools.” By Melissa Douglas, Homeless Liaison, Kansas City Public Schools, Missouri.

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