News and Updates

 

Parenting Through Homelessness and COVID-19: The Unfiltered Truth

On July 16, 2020, we connected with four mothers from New Jersey, Louisiana, Ohio, and Louisiana to share their unique parental perspectives. Through this discussion, we learned about some of the challenges facing parents and their children who are navigating homelessness during the COVID-19 era; the assistance they have found thus far, and the support they still need, but have not yet received. 

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Tips for Preparing for an Independent Determination Financial Aid Interview

If you do not have, or cannot obtain, documentation from those individuals, your financial aid administrator is required to make a determination of your status as an unaccompanied homeless youth. The financial aid administrator’s determination may be based on a documented interview with you. This resource is designed to help unaccompanied homeless youth prepare for documented interviews with the financial aid administrator.

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Applying To College

It is never too early to prepare to apply for college. Regardless of when you begin, a good first step is to reach out to a high school counselor or a McKinney-Vento liaison to ask about your high school’s graduation requirements and steps you can take to prepare to apply for college. This resource provides an overview of items to consider when applying to college.

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National Crisis Line Information

This resource contains a list of national hotlines that provide an array of services. All hotlines listed are national hotlines providing 24/7 support across the United States. If you find yourself in dangerous situations, or in need of medical, emotional, or physical support, there is help available.

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Homelessness and the Pandemic: Five Youth Share Insights

On July 14, 2020, we connected virtually with five youth: four SchoolHouse Connection Young Leaders and a Youth Advisor for National Network for Youth. We listened as they reflected on their childhood experiences of homelessness and shared their experiences and challenges navigating college and homelessness in the wake of COVID-19. Here is the summary of the briefing.

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From the Field: Challenges & Strategies Supporting Children, Youth, and Families

Across the nation, school district homeless liaisons and early childhood programs are facing enormous and unprecedented challenges serving children, youth, and families experiencing homelessness during the pandemic. Yet liaisons also are coming up with creative strategies, drawing on community support, and forging ahead to meet constantly changing needs. In this video series, we sit down with liaisons and other providers from across the nation to share their experiences and tips as they face the new school year.

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COVID Distance Learning Strategies For Students, By Students

The coronavirus pandemic has changed the way students and teachers alike must navigate the world of education. Distance learning, while providing a safer environment in many communities, also has presented challenges for students, especially those experiencing homelessness. We asked our Youth Leadership Scholars to reflect on their distance learning experiences and provide any tips and tricks that may help other students. Here are their thoughts.

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Stable Homes, Stable Schools: The Imperative of Doing Things Differently

In this guest perspective, Charlotte Kinzley, McKinney-Vento liaison for Minneapolis Public Schools, describes the promising outcomes of Stable Homes Stable Schools, an initiative that supports eighteen schools with the highest rates of homelessness and provides access to ongoing rental assistance or one-time emergency assistance and wrap around services. “One critical and unique aspect of this housing initiative is that it focuses on the children in the family to prioritize those most in need and to measure success. Very rarely do we see this focus in the prioritization within our homeless response systems. The lack of focus on children’s needs is short-sighted when we know that homelessness is often generational, and therefore, we will not end homelessness without paying close attention to the needs of children in our community.”

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Back to College and Training 2020: An Editable Toolkit for Assisting Youth with Experience in Foster Care or Homelessness

The COVID-19 pandemic caused unexpected campus closures in mid-March. With the Fall 2020 school year approaching, campuses have decided to resume in-person classes with heavy safety precautions to enforce social distancing, to go completely remote, or a hybrid of the two. Students need to make many decisions about if and how they want to resume their education in a way that is safe and meets their needs. Planning for the school year is complicated and young people need our help to make the best decisions possible. This resource includes tips for advocates and higher education institutions.

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