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Housing and Education Collaborations to Serve Homeless Children, Youth, and Families
This brief, part of NCHE's Best Practices in Interagency Collaboration series, is designed for staff of homeless assistance programs and members of Continuums of Care (CoCs) funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), as well as for State Coordinators for Homeless Education and local homeless education liaisons who operate under the guidance of the U.S. Department of Education (ED). 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; explains HUD and ED requirements for housing-education collaboration; and offers tools to enhance collaboration among agencies.
Download Housing and Education Collaborations to Serve Homeless Children, Youth, and Families.

Informational Resources

Ending Homelessness for Families: The Evidence for Affordable Housing
This paper from the National Alliance to End Homelessness and Enterprise Community Partners examines the existing research on family homelessness. The paper, by Marybeth Shinn of Vanderbilt University, examines existing research and indicates that families experiencing homelessness are similar to other low-income families and primarily lack access to affordable housing. The author discusses the important role of housing subsidies in helping families to prevent or end their homelessness and maintain housing stability. The paper also discusses the role of services in housing stability and family well-being.
Download the paper.

Housing + High School = Success: Schools and Communities Uniting to House Unaccompanied Youth
This publication and accompanying resource webpage from the National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth (NAEHCY) highlight the success of local homeless education 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. The publication offers ten steps to consider for four different temporary housing models for unaccompanied youth: host homes; group homes; independent living; and emergency shelters. In addition, resource links provide sample youth applications, host home applications, power of attorney forms, parental consent forms, confidentiality notices, job descriptions, posters, flyers, PowerPoint presentations, data collection tools, and other useful forms and documents.
Download the publication.

Housing for Homeless Youth
When runaways and homeless youth cannot be reunited with their families, the creation of housing models that also address the service needs of youth is one solution to ending youth homelessness. The brief from the National Alliance to End Homelessness outlines a spectrum of youth housing models that connect affordable housing, self-sufficiency services, and positive youth development approaches. The brief also examines youth housing combined with positive youth development services and highlights four housing models and programs that demonstrate promise in housing for older adolescents and young adults.
Download the brief.

HUD Continuum of Care Contact Information
The Continuum of Care Program, administered by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), is a competitive community grant program designed to address the issue of homelessness in a comprehensive manner. This webpage provides contact information for Continuum of Care programs in each state.
Visit the webpage.

National Low Income Housing Coalition
The National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC) is dedicated solely to ending America's affordable housing crisis. NLIHC strives to achieve this goal by working in four program areas: public education, organizing, research, and policy advocacy. One particularly useful area of their website is their Congressional District Housing Profiles page, where they provide housing affordability data for renter households in each congressional district by state.
Visit the NLICH website.

Out of Reach: The High Cost of Housing (2017)
Out of Reach, an annual publication from the National Low Income Housing Coalition, reports on the housing wage - the hourly wage a full-time worker must earn to afford a modest rental home without spending more than 30% of his or her income on housing costs - for every state, county, and metropolitan area in the country. The report highlights the struggle faced by millions of families in affording a safe and decent home, as wages stagnate, rents increase, and the supply of affordable housing continues to be insufficient to meet the need.
Visit the Out of Reach 2017 webpage.
Visit Out of Reach webpages from previous years.

Seeking Shelter in Tough Times: Securing Housing for Youth who Age Out of Foster Care
More than half of the youth who age out of foster care are soon homeless or experience housing instability. This July 2008 issue of the American Bar Association's Child Law Practice explains the different types of federal programs and other resources that may offer housing or funding for housing to these young adults.
Download the issue.

SNAPS-Shots: Bite-Size Information on the Emergency Solutions Grants and Continuum of Care Programs
This ready reference sheet from HUD's Office of Special Needs Assistance Programs (SNAPS) provides a quick and concise overview of services available through HUD's Emergency Shelter Grant (ESG) and HPRP (Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing) Programs.
Download the reference sheet.

State of the Nation's Housing 2012
This report, published by the Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard University, uses statistics and trends to describe the current state of housing in the United States. It includes income and housing costs, median net wealth of owner and renter households, lowest-income households by cost burdens, median net wealth and homeownership rates by age and race/ethnicity, home prices by region and metropoltian areas, and more.
Download State of the Nation's Housing 2012.
Access State of the Nation's Housing reports from previous years.

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is the primary federal government agency dealing with the issues of home ownership and homelessness within the United States. Browse their site to access numerous resources on these issues. Find information about homes and communities, organized by state, by selecting your state under "Local Information".
Visit the HUD website.

Sample Forms, Materials, and Policies

California Government Code 11139.3, as amended by SB198
This amendment to California state law extends access to shelter and housing programs to unemancipated youth under age 18 who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless or who have run away from home.
Download the full text of SB198.

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The National Center for Homeless Education (NCHE) is the U.S. Department of Education's technical assistance center for the federal Education for Homeless Children and Youth (EHCY) Program. NCHE is housed at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

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