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Family Interventions for Youth Experiencing Homelessness or At Risk of Homelessness

https://aspe.hhs.gov/pdf-report/family-interventions-youth-experiencing-or-risk-homelessness The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released a new report entitled Family Interventions for Youth Experiencing Homelessness or At Risk of Homelessness. Family conflict is a key driver of youth homelessness; and most programs serving youth experiencing homelessness use some form of family intervention to address conflict and help reconnect youth when… Read more »

Supporting the Success of Homeless Children and Youths (EHCY Fact Sheet)

Research and data, including surveys of homeless and formerly homeless youths, indicate that experiencing homelessness can have significant negative impacts on children academically, socially, and emotionally. The Education for Homeless Children and Youths (EHCY) program, authorized under the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act (McKinney-Vento Act), is designed to address the needs of homeless children and youths… Read more »

Compounding Stress: Timing & Duration Effects of Homelessness on Children’s Health

Decades of scientific research has demonstrated that homelessness experienced during early childhood is harmful to a child’s growth and development. The stress of homelessness during early childhood can lead to potentially permanent harmful changes in brain and body function, in turn causing higher levels of stress-related chronic diseases later in life.  In addition, a growing body of evidence has established that a child’s health and development are critically dependent on his mother’s mental and physical well-being during pregnancy.

Determining Eligibility for Rights and Services Under the McKinney-Vento Act

Best Practices in Homeless Education Brief Series
Determining Eligibility for Rights and Services Under the McKinney-Vento Act

The McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act defines “homeless children and youths” as “individuals who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence.” However, because the circumstances of homelessness vary with each family’s or unaccompanied youth’s situation, determining the extent to which the family or youth fits the definition must occur on a case-by-case basis. Enrollment staff and/or the local homeless education liaison must gather and analyze information from the family or youth and make an appropriate determination of eligibility. Expeditious determination of eligibility and immediate school enrollment are critical to the child’s educational continuity.

This tool is designed to assist school and school district staff in applying the definition to individual children and youth to determine eligibility for rights and services under the McKinney-Vento Act.

Who Is Homeless?

The McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act (Subtitle B—Education for Homeless Children and Youth), reauthorized in January 2002, ensures educational rights and protections for children and youth experiencing homelessness. This brief explains the legislation and offers strategies for implementing it in a school district.