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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.

What Relief Agencies Should Know About the Educational Rights of Children and Youth Displaced by Disaster

Connecting Schools and Displaced Students Brief Series
What Relief Agencies Should Know About the Educational Rights of Children and Youth Displaced by Disaster

This brief is directed towards relief agencies. Relief agencies play a critical role in connecting families, children, and youth who have been displaced by disasters to needed services, including enabling children and youth to continue their education. By understanding the educational services and supports that are available to homeless children and youth under federal law, relief agencies will be able to coordinate more effectively with schools and school districts (know as local educational agencies or LEAs) after a disaster occurs in their community

Who Is Homeless?

Subtitle VII-B of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act (42 U.S.C. § 11431 et seq.; hereafter the McKinney-Vento Act), reauthorized in 2015 by Title IX, Part A of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), ensures educational rights and protections for children and youth experiencing homelessness. This brief explains the legislation and offers strategies for implementing it… Read more »

The Educational Rights of Children and Youth Experiencing Homelessness: What Service Providers Need to Know

McKinney-Vento Law Into Practice Brief Series
The Educational Rights of Children and Youth Experiencing Homelessness:
What Service Providers Need to Know

It is important for service providers to pay specific attention to the McKinney-Vento education subtitle’s definition of homeless, as this definition includes certain types of living arrangements that other federal laws omit. For instance, families living doubled-up or in motels or hotels are considered eligibile for services under the Act, while these same populations are not considered eligible under some other federal laws dealing with the issue of homelessness.