News and Updates

 

Real Families, Real Solutions: How Homeless Service Providers Can Meet the Needs of Young Children and Their Families

By Carol Klocek, CEO, Center for Transforming Lives, Ft. Worth, TX. "There is no cookie cutter, one-size-fits-all solution to family homelessness...Real solutions are as complex as the families who experience homelessness. But if we truly want to end family homelessness in our communities, we must take the time to find and create real solutions for real families."    

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Homework without a Home: How Title I Supports Can Support Young Readers

By Jill Getman, Homeless Tutor, Independence School District, Missouri. "Education is the key to ending homelessness, and if I can help one student in their journey, I’ve done my job.  Each week when I walk in, I know I will see new faces; but more often than not, I see a face I have seen the previous week, along with a hug and an “I’m so glad you are back!”"

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Youth Homelessness and Higher Education: An Overview

Postsecondary attainment is increasingly necessary to move out of poverty and homelessness and live a healthy, productive life. Yet youth experiencing homelessness face barriers in transitioning from secondary to postsecondary education, as well as barriers to financial aid, college retention, and college completion. This fact sheet summarizes existing data and information on youth homelessness and higher education.

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The Pitfalls of HUD’s Point-in-Time Count

Last month, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) released its 2018 Annual Homeless Assessment Report Part I (AHAR), boasting a “continuing decline” in family homelessness, including a 23% reduction since 2007. This assertion was met with dismay and disbelief from providers who work directly with families and youth, including early childhood programs and educators, who see a very different reality. This short article explains why HUD’s data are so contentious, and why other data sources provide a more accurate picture of child, youth, and family homelessness.

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Using Chronic Absence Data to Identify and Support Students Experiencing Homelessness

In this guest perspective from Tori Vohland, Children in Transition High School Liaison and Jennifer Harris, Program Evaluator at the Washoe County School District, they hope to inspire others working in PreK-12 educational settings to examine rates of chronic absenteeism among the students they serve and think about how they might use absenteeism data to help identify students who are experiencing homelessness.

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2018 Legislative Highlights

2018 was a momentous year for our work to ensure that local, state, and federal systems recognize and prioritize the needs of children, youth, and families experiencing homelessness. At the federal...

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