News and Updates

 

Hike Against Homelessness

By Leslie Camden Goold, MSW, School Social Worker/McKinney-Vento Homeless Liaison, Central Valley School District, Washington. This June, I am stepping outside my comfort zone to honor the unknown challenges that these students face every summer and raise awareness about homelessness. I am going to hike a portion of the Pacific Crest Trail to acknowledge the daily struggles these students are facing without the safety net of school. I will publicize my journey in the local media, and invite those moved to help to contribute to my McKinney-Vento program.

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Action Needed: Child Care for Families Experiencing Homelessness

There is a critical opportunity to increase access to child care through the state planning process. States must submit their Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) State Plan for 2019-2021 by June 30, 2018. With a historic $2.37 billion increase in FY2018 CCDF funding – the largest increase in child care funding of all time – it is especially important to find out how you can weigh in to improve child care for families experiencing homelessness.

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HCYA Gains Two Additional Supporters

Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA) are the latest U.S. Senators to co-sponsor of S. 611, the Homeless Children and Youth Act (HCYA). HCYA is bi-partisan legislation that reforms HUD Homeless Assistance to meet the needs of homeless children, youth, and families.

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Breaking News: Action Needed by April 13

Thanks to your advocacy, programs for homeless children and youth received significant funding increases in the FY2018 budget. Congress now turns in earnest to the FY2019 budget. We must continue efforts to ensure that these vital programs receive support. Take action now by requesting members of Congress to sign on to show support for funding for certain programs.

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Working for the 2% Chance

By Beth McCullough, Homeless Education Liaison, Adrian Public Schools, MI. He had been in 5 different high schools in 2 years. He missed his whole freshman year because of homeschooling that resulted in no credit. His chance of graduating on time? “About 2%,” someone said in a meeting.

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Upcoming Webinars

Topics include improving high school graduation rates for students experiencing homelessness; tips and strategies for school counseling staff; partnering with housing authorities; and child care for families experiencing homelessness.

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Quick Guide for Counseling Staff Working with Students Experiencing Homelessness

School counseling staff provide important support to students experiencing homelessness. The Every Student Succeeds Act recognized this role by adding requirements that counselors advise students experiencing homelessness and improve their readiness for college. SchoolHouse Connection’s new quick guide, written by a school counselor, provides practical tips and strategies for supporting students experiencing homelessness, helping meet their basic needs, and planning for graduation.

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Pathways to Partnership: Early Childhood Education

Quality early childhood programs can change the trajectory of a child’s life, and help families experiencing homelessness regain stability. Local educational agency (LEA) McKinney-Vento liaisons and homeless service providers funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) are required by law to connect families experiencing homelessness to early childhood programs. The first in a new SHC series, this guide is designed to help LEA liaisons and homeless service providers develop a basic understanding of, and build partnerships with, five key early childhood programs.

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Childproofing Checklist for Housing and Homeless Service Providers

Many housing and homeless service systems and programs are ill-equipped to provide the resources and support that infants, young children, and school-aged children and their families need. This tool is designed to help housing and homeless service providers make their spaces safe for children, to help promote their health and well-being.

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