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SchoolHouse Connection is a national organization promoting success for children and youth experiencing homelessness, from birth through higher education. We engage in strategic advocacy and provide technical assistance in partnership with early care and education professionals (including school district homeless liaisons and state homeless education coordinators), young people, service providers, advocates, and local communities.

For answers to common questions on child, youth, and family homelessness, click here.

Media Contact

Barbara Duffield
Executive Director
202.364.7392
barbara@schoolhouseconnection.org

SchoolHouse Connection In the News

Schools would get $1 billion to help homeless students under bipartisan federal proposal
EdSource – May 26, 2020

‘I’m on edge all day long.’ Schoolwork a mere afterthought for homeless youth
The Hechinger Report, The Seattle Times – May 24, 2020

Homeless Shelter Youth Face the Street During Pandemic
The City – May 17, 2020

She’s racing to help homeless kids — but can’t reach them during pandemic
Detroit Free Press – May 16, 2020

Students Who Are Homeless Need Us Now More Than Ever. And It Starts at the Top.
Education Post – May 12, 2020

Housing instability is expected to rise. Schools are already on the front lines.
Chalkbeat – May 7, 2020

5 Ways to Best Support Homeless Students During COVID-19
YouthToday – May 5, 2020

California’s homeless students at risk of falling through the cracks during pandemic
EdSource – May 4, 2020

‘Schools are survival’: U.S. coronavirus closures put homeless students at risk
Thomson Reuters – April 20, 2020

Coronavirus Eviction Rules Don’t Always Help People in Motels
Stateline – April 15, 2020

The Realities of Life for Homeless Students Must Be Part of Remote Learning Strategies During Coronavirus Shutdowns
The 74 Million – April 14, 2020

The Coronavirus Class Divide: Space and Privacy
The New York Times – April 12, 2020

Where Are They? Students Go Missing in Shift to Remote Classes
Education Week – April 10, 2020

What The Latest Federal Research On Homeless Student Means
School Transportation News – April 1, 2020

Reaching ‘Our Most Invisible Population’ During a Pandemic: How Schools Are Scrambling to Protect Homeless Students as Coronavirus Shatters Safety Nets
The 74 Million – March 24, 2020

Is Youth Homelessness Going Up or Down? It Depends on Whom You Ask
The New York Times – March 17, 2020

Number Of Homeless, Unaccompanied Youth In Mass. Soars, Even As Many Go Uncounted
WGBH – March 2, 2020

‘They have no place to go’: Ventura County sees number of homeless students double
VC Star – February 24, 2020

News coverage around the San Antonio Charter School Convenings:
February 20, 2020

Youth homelessness crisis addressed at Education Service Center event
KSAT – February 20, 2020

San Antonio education leaders, advocates convene to address youth homelessness
San Antonio Express-News – February 20, 2020

School Districts, Charters Convene to Combat Youth Homelessness
The Rivard Report – February 20, 2020

‘They’re Invisible’: Number of Homeless Students Reaches New High
neaToday – February 12, 2020

A place to call home
WORLD Digital – February 12, 2020

Number of Homeless Students Hits All-Time High
Education Week – February 10, 2020

Small Steps That Add Up – King County takes cue from Australian strategy for preventing homelessness and dropping out
The Seattle Times – February 9, 2020

Student Homelessness is at an All-Time High
WNYC (podcast) – February 6, 2020

The number of homeless students has doubled in just over a decade
Mic – February 5, 2020

Number of homeless US students hits 12-year high, report says
The Denver Channel – February 4, 2020

The Number of Homeless Students Now Matches the Entire Population of New Hampshire
Vice – February 4, 2020

There are more homeless students in the U.S. than people living in Dallas
CBS – February 4, 2020

As the economy soars, so does the number of homeless students in public schools. Why?
The Olympian – February 3, 2020

There are more students experiencing homelessness than ever before
New York Post – February 3, 2020

More students are experiencing homelessness than ever before
The Hill – February 3, 2020

‘They’re invisible’: A record number of students are experiencing homelessness, new federal data say
MarketWatch – February 3, 2020

Number of Homeless Students Rises to New High, Report Says
The New York Times – February 3, 2020

More and more students are experiencing homelessness, according to new federal data
CNN – February 2, 2020

More Students Are Homeless Than Ever Before
US News & World Report – January 30, 2020

Federal data shows student homelessness at all-time high
Education Dive – January 30, 2020

Federal data shows a record number of homeless students
PoliticoPro – January 29, 2020
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As the number of homeless kids in Chicago grows, CPS does more to help
Chicago Sun-Times – January 28, 2020

How to help homeless students around the holidays and beyond
CNN.com – December 22, 2019

San Ysidro School District Kicked Out a Homeless Student Over a Paperwork Problem
The Sacramento Bee – December 10, 2019

Schools fail to identify thousands of homeless children, state audit finds
EdSource – November 27, 2019

3 kids. 2 paychecks. No home.
The California Sunday Magazine – November 24, 2019

Redefining Homelessness Could Help Families on the Edge, Advocates Say
The Pew Charitable Trusts – November 22, 2019

National advocate of family homelessness: ‘We are literally creating chronic homelessness’
Vermont Business Magazine – October 31, 2019

Affordable housing among striking Chicago teachers’ demands
Associated Press – October 21, 2019

Homeless Youth: Risk Factors of the Vulnerable [Podcast]
Our American States | An NCSL Podcast – September 26, 2019

Federal rules were stopping organizations from helping some homeless students — so Washington state found a way around the rules
The Seattle Times – September 23, 2019

Why districts spend millions to keep homeless students in place: ‘Changing schools is the last thing we want’
The Seattle Times – September 1, 2019

For Kids Experiencing Homelessness, Back-To-School Can Mark A Return To Stability
DCist – August 29, 2019

‘A National Challenge’: How We Can Change the Course for Homeless Students
Education Week – August 27, 2019

The growing crisis of homeless kids
APM Reports – August 15, 2019

Should US Public Schools Eliminate Homework?
TruthOut – August 4, 2019

The 6 types of students most confounded by the FAFSA
PoliticoPro – July 22, 2019
(This article is for PoliticoPro subscribers only. The PDF version is available.)

Grad Nation: US won’t meet 90% graduation goal by 2020
Education Dive – June 11, 2019

Homeless Students’ Struggles Come Into Sharper Focus Under ESSA
Education Week – June 11, 2019 

Schools struggle to address rising student homelessness
Marketplace – May 7, 2019 

The Fight Over What It Means To Be Homeless — And How That Could Affect Illinois
NPR Illinois 91.9 – April 27, 2019 

Family-school ties at center of Tacoma homelessness prevention program
Education Dive – April 2, 2019

Homelessness Advocates Tell of New Successes Via State Legislation
YouthToday – March 20, 2019

PD key in supporting homeless K-12 students
District Administration – March 14, 2019

Schools Finding Record Numbers of Homeless Students, Study Says
Education Week – March 12, 2019

We’ve Never Found So Many Homeless Students Before. That’s Bad and Good
Education Week – March 1, 2019

An Illinois Law Aims To Help Homeless Students — Is It Enough?
Illinois News Room – February 28, 2019

1.3 Million Homeless Students: New Federal Data Show a 70 Percent Jump in K-12 Homelessness Over Past Decade, With Big Implications for Academic Performance
The 74 Million – February 19, 2019

Meet Lily, the first homeless Muppet on ‘Sesame Street’
The Washington Post – December 12, 2018

Meet Lily, the first homeless ‘Sesame Street’ character
MarketWatch – December 12, 2018

When Days Aren’t So Sunny: Sesame Street Takes on Homelessness
The New York Times – December 12, 2018

Meet ‘Sesame Street’s’ newest muppet
WTNH – December 12, 2018

Technology Access Gap Leaves Millions of Students Struggling to Keep Up
Truthout – October 17, 2018

Mother fights to keep kids in Henry County schools
AJC – October 2, 2018

Technology Access Gap Leaves Millions of Students Struggling to Keep Up
Truthout – October 17, 2018

Bipartisan bill would help homeless children and youth
The Hill – July 24, 2018

A Family Dispute: Who Counts As Homeless?
City Lab – July 19, 2018

Young and Homeless
Mountain View Voice – July 13, 2018

In an Era When Hurricanes and Wildfires Are Common, Homelessness Is an ‘Ongoing Disaster’ for Students Across the U.S.
The 74 Million – April 9, 2018

A Lesson in Poverty: School Children in Michigan Struggle with Homelessness at High Rates
Poverty Solutions, University of Michigan – April 5, 2018

Opinion: 1.3 million students are homeless. Here’s how we can help them
PBS News Hour – March 6, 2018

SXSW EDU Tackling the Issues of Homelessness Nationwide
KVUE – March 5, 2018

Day one at SXSWedu 2018: Educators share their stories, talk innovative school design
Education Dive – March 5, 2018

A New Focus on College Campuses: Ending Housing Insecurity
U.S. News – February 27, 2018

Early childcare professionals, teachers trained to recognize trauma of childhood homelessness
The Cap Times – February 23, 2018

For Homeless High Schoolers in Rural Kentucky, Escape Route Is Elusive
Rewire News – February 19, 2018

For Homeless Youth, Statistics and Reality Are Miles Apart
TalkPoverty – January 24, 2018

Young, gay and living on the street: LGBT youth face increased odds of homelessness
EdSource – January 1, 2018

In Boston, fight to end homelessness moves from street corner to classroom
The Christian Science Monitor – December 6, 2017

Is It Finally Time to Simplify the Fafsa? Signs Point to Yes.
The Chronicle of Higher Education – November 28, 2017

If We Want To End Homelessness We Must Prioritize Homeless Young People
Giving Compass – November 16, 2017

For county’s homeless students, start of school brings mix of benefits and challenges
Frederick News Post – September 2, 2017

Program for homeless preschoolers finds home in Ventura
USA Today – August 24, 2017

ESSA brings new focus to homeless population
Education Dive – August 21, 2017

For 1.3 Million Homeless Youths, ESSA Is a Beacon of Hope
Edweek – July 31, 2017

30 years after landmark legislation, schools still struggle to serve homeless students
Southern California Public Radio – July 21, 2017

Making Student Homelessness a Visible Issue
Prospect – July 21, 2017

Meeting the Needs of Homeless Youth: Public Schools Are Doing What Government Won’t Do Directly
Truth-out – June 28, 2017

Thousands of college students may be homeless or precariously housed, studies suggest
Washington Post – June 25, 2017

For Homeless Families in the South Bay, Schools Provide Far More Than Education
Voice of San Diego – June 20, 2017

Organizations Intensify Efforts to Help Homeless Students
Diverse Education – June 12, 2017

Trump’s proposed budget cuts worry advocates for homeless students
inewsource – April 3, 2017

Homeless College Students are on the rise, but universities are struggling to keep up
Circa News – March 12, 2017

They’re college students. They’re homeless. Their schools have no clue.
Circa.com – March 6, 2017

While State Focuses on Adult Homelessness, Homeless Youth on the Rise
WNPR Connecticut Public Radio – December 16, 2016

Program targets Ventura’s young homeless
Ventura County StarDecember 15, 2016

Homeless students in Texas at 113,000 last year, likely more now
Fort Worth Star Telegram – December 13, 2016

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