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Five Bills to the Finish Line

Thanks to tenacious state and local advocates, five of SchoolHouse Connection’s state bills on youth homelessness have become law in three states. These new laws will help youth experiencing...

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Remembering Mary Jean LeTendre

I recall vividly the day that Mary Jean called me, over twenty years ago, to ask if the National Coalition for the Homeless would set up a scholarship fund in memory of her husband. At the time, I was very intimidated by Mary Jean – she was a giant in our world of homeless education. She made homeless children and youth a priority at the federal level, long before legislation mandated it.

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68 U.S. Representatives Sign Bipartisan Letter for EHCY-RHYA Funding; Take Action for FY20 Funding

On March 28, sixty-eight U.S. Representatives signed a bipartisan “Dear Colleague” letter in support of funding for the McKinney-Vento Act’s Education for Homeless Children and Youth (EHCY) program and the Runaway and Homeless Youth Act (RHYA) programs. Find out if your U.S. Representative signed the letter, and learn what you can do to support FY20 funding for these vital programs.

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Action Needed by March 26: Funding for Homeless Children and Youth

Take action by March 26 by sending "Dear Colleague" letters to support funding for homeless children and youth programs. "Dear Colleague” letters provide critical and time-sensitive opportunities for federal funding advocacy. They are requests from members of Congress asking other members of Congress to show their support for funding for certain programs.

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ZERO TO THREE Journal on Early Childhood Homelessness

SchoolHouse Connection’s own Dr. Grace Whitney, Director of Early Childhood Initiatives, is guest editor of the ZERO TO THREE Journal’s March issue, which includes a sampling of policies, practices, challenges, and opportunities at the intersection of homelessness and infant-toddler services. The authors cover topics ranging from early care and early childhood programs to parenting supports, housing, pediatrics, and young families.

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Higher Education Legislation for Homeless and Foster Youth Introduced

On March 13, 2019, bipartisan, bicameral legislation was introduced to remove barriers to higher education access and success caused by homelessness and foster care. The Higher Education Access and Success for Homeless and Foster Youth Act of 2019 (HEASHFY S.789/H.R.1724) amends the Higher Education Act to simplify eligibility for federal financial aid and to improve outreach, resources, and policies for homeless and foster youth.

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Dear Senator, I Was Once Homeless. Higher Education Was My Way Out.

"When I learned about SchoolHouse Connection’s Tennessee legislation to help college students experiencing homelessness, I immediately was compelled to reach out to my legislators asking for their support. I know the tangible, long-term value of education in overcoming homelessness. I know it because I have lived it. Here is my letter to my legislators urging them to support legislation to help college students experiencing homelessness."

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Nudging Financially Insecure College Students to Success

By Ross E. O’Hara, Ph.D., Behavioral Researcher at Persistence Plus. “Imagine going to college yet living on the brink of financial disaster. That’s the situation in which Terry* found himself during his first semester at a community college in northeastern Ohio. Initially excited about starting college and earning his associate’s degree, he quickly became pessimistic, texting to us by the seventh week of the semester, ‘I used to be bad at failing now I’m even better at it!’

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