Interagency Policy Statement on Early Childhood Homelessness

The U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services, Housing and Urban Development, and Education released an interagency policy statement on early childhood homelessness. As shown in this new infographic, in the United States, infancy is the age at which individuals are most likely to enter shelter or transitional housing, followed by ages one to five…. Read more »

Income and Poverty in the United States: 2015 U.S. Census Bureau released its annual report on poverty and income in the United States. Income and Poverty in the United States: 2015 presents data on income, earnings, income inequality, and poverty in the United States based on information collected in the 2016 and earlier Current Population Survey Annual Social and Economic Supplements (CPS… Read more »

Homelessness in the US: Sleep Study and Accommodation Directory It’s difficult to sleep if you don’t have a home. It’s especially difficult to sleep deeply when you have no way to secure your personal belongings and you’re worried about your personal safety. Unfortunately, this describes what sleeping is like for the homeless. Homelessness is an incredibly prevalent issue in the US with over… 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 »

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.

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To obtain school registration forms or to get a helping hand for your school-age guests, contact your district’s homeless education liaison

Homelessness: An Introduction to the Issues

McKinney-Vento Law Into Practice Brief Series
Children and Youth Experiencing Homelessness: An Introduction to the Issues

People experiencing homelessness are not a static group; homelessness is a ìrevolving-door phenomenonî. It is estimated that, over the course of a year, between 2.3 and 3.5 million people will experience homelessness, of which between 900,000 and 1.4 million will be children.

The Hidden Costs of the Housing Crisis: The Impact of Housing on Young Children’s Odds of Success

Without a safe, stable home to call their own, young children face tremendous obstacles to the critical cognitive, behavioral and social development that occurs during their earliest years, concludes Joydeep Roy of the Economic Policy Institute in a paper for the Partnership for America’s Economic Success.

The impact of poor housing on children’s educational success means this crisis will have reverberations for society as a whole for decades to come.