Housing

Policy Statement on Meeting the Needs of Families with Young Children Experiencing and At Risk of Homelessness

On October 31, 2016, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and the U.S. Department of Education released a joint policy statement providing recommendations on ways in which early childhood and housing providers at the local and, in some cases, State levels can collaborate to provide… Read more »

Youth Specific FAQs for Coordinated Entry

http://www.acf.hhs.gov/fysb/resource/youth-specific-faq-coordinated-entry-20160824 The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released a new resource entitled Youth Specific FAQs for Coordinated Entry.  Coordinated Entry (CE) is a process implemented by local HUD Continuums of Care (CoCs) to ensure that all people experiencing a housing crisis have fair… Read more »

Supporting Whole-Family Approaches to Housing Stability and Economic Mobility: The Role of Early Care and Education Providers

Home, Together, the federal strategic plan to prevent and end homelessness, focuses on strategies to ensure that homelessness is a rare, brief, and one-time experience. In order to achieve that goal, national, state, and local partners must work across sectors to build a coordinated community response that addresses the strengths and needs of individuals and… Read more »

Supporting Whole-Family Approaches to Housing Stability and Economic Mobility: The Role of Housing and Homelessness Providers

Home, Together, the federal strategic plan to prevent and end homelessness, focuses on strategies to ensure that homelessness is a rare, brief, and one-time experience. In order to achieve that goal, national, state, and local partners must work across sectors to build a coordinated community response that addresses the strengths and needs of individuals and… Read more »

Foster Care Transition Toolkit

The U.S. Department of Education has released its Foster Care Transition Toolkit, a resource aimed at providing useful supports for foster youth pursuing college and career opportunities. While geared towards foster youth, many of the resources are equally appropriate for homeless youth, as foster and homeless youth often face similar challenges when transitioning to college… Read more »

What Homeless Education Liaisons Need to Know about The Texas Balance of State Continuum of Care

To ensure that the educational needs of homeless children and youth are met, it is imperative to have the support and knowledge of local Homeless Education Liaisons incorporated into the community planning process led by teh Texas Homeless Network and the Local Homeless Coalitions. Partnering with the Continuum of Care can help Education Liaisons form… Read more »

Hungry to Learn: Addressing Food and Housing Insecurity Among Undergraduates

In December 2015, the Wisconsin HOPE Lab released Hungry to Learn: Addressing Food and Housing Insecurity Among Undergraduates. This report surveys more than 4,000 undergraduate students at 10 community colleges from around the country to assess the incidence of food and housing insecurity, including homelessness, among these students. According to survey results, “half of all… Read more »

Family Housing Affordability in U.S. Cities

Many families with children are attracted to cities and all the urban amenities they offer. Whether the typical family can find a home with both adequate space and an affordable price tag, however, depends largely on where they live. In some urban centers, families are faced with few housing options, forcing them to look elsewhere…. Read more »

Housing and Education Collaborations to Serve Homeless CYF

Best Practices in Interagency Collaboration Brief Series
Housing and Education Collaborations to Serve Homeless Children, Youth, and Families

The brief provides basic information to help homeless service providers and homeless education staff understand each other’s role in supporting children, youth, and families experiencing homelessness, while offering tools to enhance collaboration among agencies.

Housing Agency and School District Collaborations to Serve Homeless and Highly Mobile Students

“Housing plays a central role in the lives of families; it is the largest single cost for most families, and its location determines a parent’s access to employment and a child’s access to education”1. Lack of affordable housing is a principal cause of homelessness2. A housing agency and school district that collaborate to offer affordable housing choices along with family services may reduce the frequency of family moves. This, in turn, allows children the opportunity to enjoy school stability—possibly for the first time in their lives. Increasingly, housing authorities and school districts are partnering to serve homeless and highly mobile children and families to accomplish these worthwhile goals. We examined a few of those projects in order to give housing agencies an idea of the results they could expect when they choose to participate in such a collaboration.

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.

Housing + High School = Success Schools and Communities Uniting to House Unaccompanied Youth

The National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth (NAEHCY) is proud to highlight the success of McKinney-Vento liaisons who have inspired their schools and communities to provide housing to unaccompanied youth. Their innovative housing programs make creative use of minimal funding to give young people the safety and support they need to complete high school and continue into higher education. NAEHCY offers this publication for McKinney-Vento liaisons, youth service providers, Continuums of Care, youth task forces and advocates, community foundations, and others who want to help end youth homelessness in their communities by providing safe housing and school support.