Awareness

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

https://www.census.gov/library/publications/2016/demo/p60-256.html 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

https://www.tuck.com/sleeping-homeless/ 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 »

Homeless Education Advocacy Manual: Disaster Edition

For those recovering from a disaster, man-made or natural, immediate needs for income and housing may overshadow critical concerns about education of children and youth. However, the needs of displaced students should also be considered. This manual is designed to encourage and assist advocates working with displaced students seeking access to appropriate educational services. As… Read more »

Missed Opportunities: Youth Homelessness in America

National Estimates The first in a series of Research-to-Impact briefs by Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago on understanding and addressing youth homelessness. A one-page summary accompanies this study. Missed Opportunities: National Estimates highlights results from a national survey on unaccompanied youth homelessness in America. The study captures youth homelessness broadly, including sleeping on… Read more »

Missed Opportunities: LGBTQ Youth Homelessness in America

The second in a series of Research-to-Impact briefs by Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago on understanding and addressing youth homelessness. A one-page summary accompanies this study. Missed Opportunities: LGBTQ Youth Homelessness in America highlights research related to the specific experiences of young people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ)… Read more »

Missed Opportunities: Pregnant and Parenting Youth Experiencing Homelessness in America

The third in a series of Research-to-Impact briefs by Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago on understanding and addressing youth homelessness. A one-page summary accompanies this study. Missed Opportunities: Pregnant and Parenting Youth Experiencing Homelessness in America details the unique challenges faced by young people experiencing homelessness who are pregnant or parenting. Our findings… Read more »

School Selection

The McKiney-Vento Act guarantees a child or youth identified as homeless the right to attend either the school of origin or the local attendance area school. This brief explains the provisions in the law related to school selection and offers strategies for implementing them in a school district.

Missed Opportunities: Counting Youth Experiencing Homelessness in America

July 2018 The fourth in a series of Research-to-Impact briefs by Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago on understanding and addressing youth homelessness. Missed Opportunities: Counting Youth Experiencing Homelessness in America summarizes key lessons learned from conducting point-in-time counts of youth experiencing homelessness in 22 diverse counties across the United States. Youth counts can… 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.

Motel Flyer

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

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.