Texas Appleseed and Texas Network of Youth Services (TNOYS) collaborate on a project focused on identifying systemic drivers of and solutions to youth homelessness. This fact sheets previews some early findings, including HOW MANY YOUNG PEOPLE EXPERIENCE HOMELESSNESS IN TEXAS?
https://bettermakeroom.org/our-story Better Make Room is about creating a space for all the great things you’ll do next. It’s about staking a claim, forging a path and lighting the way for others just like you. And it’s a lot more fun to get there together. The site includes: Tools – developed by the U.S. Department of… Read more »
https://aspe.hhs.gov/sites/default/files/pdf/205256/adolescents.pdf The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recently released a report entitled Adolescent Well-Being after Experiencing Homelessness. The report, based on data from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Family Options Study, provides a descriptive analysis of the experiences of the study’s 791 focal children. Key findings of the report include:… Read more »
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 »
This brief guide was prepared by the Texas Department of Family & Protective Services (DFPS).
The National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth (NAEHCY)has developed three unaccompanied youth toolkits. Each Toolkit contains a wealth of information about supporting unaccompanied youth in school and out, with a special focus on helping unaccompanied youth complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) when applying for aid for higher education.
The Toolkits consist of 1-2 page briefs on a variety of topics, including:
- Protocol for Enrolling Unaccompanied Youth in School: Whom Do We Call?
- Unaccompanied Youth Identification Checklist and Tools to launch an identification event in schools and shelters (“MV-FAFSA Week”)
- The Homeless Emergency Assistance and Rapid Transition to Housing (HEARTH) Act Basics
- FAFSA Basics and Practical Tips
- Access to Services Tip Sheets (Medicaid, TANF, Social Security, SNAP, shelter)
Each Toolkit is designed for a special audience that often does not receive the information they need to be full partners in serving unaccompanied youth.
Click on the links below to access the each of the toolkits:
This brief explains the provisions of Subtitle VII-B of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act (42 U.S.C. §§ 11431-11435, hereafter referred to as The McKinney-Vento Act), related to the transportation of children and youth experiencing homelessness and offers strategies for implementing the law.
Facts on Trauma and Homeless Children from the National Child Traumatic Stress Network Homelessness and Extreme Poverty Working Group (2005).
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.
Natural disasters and other unexpected tragic circumstances place children and their families in very traumatic situations. Simply being in a homeless situation, regardless of the precipitating factors, is often very traumatic. Trauma causes children and families to feel out of control.
Their day-to-day existence becomes unpredictable and chaotic. They often feel that they are helpless to bring order and a semblance of “normalcy” into their own lives.