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Homeless Youth Handbook – Texas: Legal Issues and Options

Texas Appleseed released the Homeless Youth Handbook for Texas in early December, 2016. The Handbook may be found at Additionally, you may go to the “Contact Us” tab on the handbook website to order a hard copy of the handbook or to get a poster advertising the handbook that includes a QR code for… Read more »

The Services To At Risk Youth “STAR” Program

This document describes the State of Texas STAR Program. STAR originated in 1983 when the Texas Legislature approved a demonstration project for serving runaway and truant youth called the Services to Truants and Runaways project. By 1984 the first 15 programs were funded under grants from the Texas Department of Human Resources’ Protective Services Branch…. Read more »


This document provides answers to frequently asked questions on the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act and the education rights of children and youth in homeless situations, based on the amendments made by the Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015, which takes effect on October 1, 2016. The answers are general responses based on federal statutes, regulations,… 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 »

TEC 33.906

All schools that maintain a website must post post information on their websites about local programs and services available to assist homeless students.

Housing + High School = Success (2012 Update)

The National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth (NAEHCY) released “Housing + High School = Success” in 2009, highlighting seven communities in which McKinney-Vento school district liaisons and community partners were working together to provide housing to unaccompanied homeless youth. These innovative housing programs made creative use of minimal funding to give young people the safety and support they needed to complete high school and continue into higher education. Three years later we are pleased to offer this update to that original publication. We share new challenges and successes from four of the programs highlighted in 2009, as well as information about three new housing programs from: Beaverton, OR; the northwest Florida panhandle; and Shelton, WA.