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Third Major Coronavirus Legislation Enacted: Includes New Funding to Support Homeless Children and Youth

On Friday, March 27, the president signed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), H.R. 748. Additional emergency aid bills are expected in future months. H.R. 748 represents a $2 trillion package that includes a wide range of funding and policy measures to respond to the coronavirus outbreak, including to address the early care, education, and emergency housing needs of children, youth, and families. A summary of these provisions is provided here.

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Supporting Our Students Amidst the Unknown: Evolving Lessons During COVID-19

Written by Jordyn Roark, Director of Youth Leadership and Scholarships at SchoolHouse Connection. "As a college student, I experienced a devastating hurricane, where most of the town I lived in was flooded. I remember this experience as being scary, filled with loss, and ultimately extremely traumatic -- especially on top of the trauma of my own homelessness. As I navigate my current professional role supporting students who are homeless during the Coronavirus outbreak, I have been reflecting on my experiences as a student." In this guest perspective, Jordyn shares strategies she has used to support our scholars and young leaders in the hopes that it will help others, as well as begin to build a foundation for best practices in the midst of a global pandemic. 

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Congressional Action on COVID-19 and Homelessness

On Wednesday, March 18, President Trump signed into law the “Families First Coronavirus Response Act” (H.R. 6201). The legislation guarantees free coronavirus testing, secures paid emergency leave, enhances Unemployment Insurance, strengthens food security initiatives, and increases federal Medicaid funding to states.

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COVID-19 and Homelessness: Strategies for Schools, Early Learning Programs, and Higher Education Institutions

Schools and early childhood programs offer stability and safety. When schools and early learning programs close, or move to online learning, the health, safety, and well-being of homeless children and youth are jeopardized. This SchoolHouse Connection brief provides strategies for schools and early learning programs to help ensure the safety of children, youth, and families experiencing homelessness during COVID-19.

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Briya Public Charter School Goes the Extra Mile to Ensure All Students are Counted in the 2020 Census

By Johanna Ulseth, Student Services Coordinator and Homeless Liaison at Briya Public Charter School, Washington DC. As the 2020 United States Census is approaching, Briya and Mary’s Center have been working together to ensure that all of our students are informed of the process and empowered to participate. This blog details how Briya Public Charter Schools in Washington, DC are ensuring everyone gets counted in 2020.

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SHC Submits Public Comment on Proposed Study of Federal Education Funding

The U.S. Department of Education recently announced that it was seeking comments on a new study of over $30 billion in federal education spending. The study will examine how local educational agencies and schools use funding they receive under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. SchoolHouse Connection submitted comments urging the Department to include questions in its study about the amount of funds reserved for students experiencing homelessness under Title I Part A, and the use of the reserved funds.

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Five Questions with Jo Zimmer: Expanding Access to Host Homes for Unaccompanied Youth

Jo Zimmer, MPAE, owner of Beyond-the-Box Strategies, LLC, brings more than 20 years’ experience in safety net programs, most recently to the 28-county Rural Oregon Continuum of Care (ROCC), in her contracted role as Consultant/Coordinator for the Oregon team’s State Partnerships on Student Homelessness Project. By helping agencies and entities cooperatively address issues of housing, homelessness, and poverty in rural Oregon, she hopes to assist communities in doing “better” with less and reframe traditional thinking about funding and service delivery. In this blog, Jo tells us about host homes in Oregon and how they help promote high school graduation for students experiencing homelessness.

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President’s FY2021 Budget Proposal Threatens Educational Protections for Homeless Children and Youth

On February 10, 2020, President Trump released his FY2021 budget proposal. The proposal is just that - a proposal. Congress, and in particular the Appropriations Committees, have the power and the responsibility to determine the actual funding that is appropriated each year for federal programs. Please take one minute now to send a letter to your U.S. Senators and U.S. Representatives to urge them to support the Education for Homeless Children and Youth (EHCY program) and Runaway and Homeless Youth Act (RHYA) programs in the fiscal year 2021 budget.

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