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Collaborations of Schools and Social Service Agencies
This report explores collaborative efforts of schools and social service agencies working with homeless children and families. The report identifies frequently encountered barriers and successful strategies to overcome them. It examines specific programs and practices that could be adapted effectively for use in similar settings by school-level educators, local homeless liaisons, state homeless coordinators, social service workers, and other personnel who work in any capacity with homeless students.
Download Collaborations of Schools and Social Service Agencies.

Homeless and Special Education Administrative Collaboration: Recommendations
This proceedings document, originating from a policy forum hosted jointly by NCHE and Project Forum, introduces the reader to the unique challenges that administrators face as they support the implementation of services for homeless children with disabilities. The document presents findings from an online forum in the areas of policy, practice, and recommendations for change. Recommendations focus on the areas of expediting enrollment and the provision of services, and coordinating programs and services. The appendices contain additional information and sample forms.
Download Homeless and Special Education Administrative Collaboration: Recommendations.

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.

Housing and School Partnership on the January 2017 Point-In-Time Count
This NCHE fact sheet, geared towards a school audience, provides information about the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's annual Point-it-Time (PIT) count, and suggests strategies for how schools can help ensure the most comprehensive and effective count of youth experiencing homelessness.
Download Housing and School Partnership on the January 2017 Point-In-Time Count.

Research Summary: Homelessness and Education Cross-System Collaboration - Applied Research Summary and Tools
This NCHE publication provides local homeless education liaisons and homeless service providers with a framework, strategies, and tools for more effective collaboration to improve the academic outcomes, well-being, and lifelong trajectory of young people who have experienced homelessness or trauma. The publication explores a framework for collaboration that accounts for stakeholders' assumptions, vision, incentives, rules and regulations, organizational cultures, needs, and experiences; and includes resources and tools for practitioners to use in their efforts to collaborate more effectively.
Download Homelessness and Education Cross-System Collaboration - A Literature Review and Tools.

Supporting School Success for Homeless Children of Veterans and Military Service Members
This brief, developed collaboratively by NCHE and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), is designed for local VA staff, state McKinney-Vento coordinators and school district McKinney-Vento liaisons, educators, and other providers of services to active members of the military and veterans, and their children. It provides basic information to assist homeless children of veterans or active military to enroll in school and receive education and other services available to them.
Download Supporting School Success for Homeless Children of Veterans and Military Service Members.

The Educational Rights of Children and Youth Experiencing Homelessness: What Service Providers Need to Know
This brief provides providers of services to homeless children and families with a summary of the main points of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act.
Download The Educational Rights of Children and Youth Experiencing Homelessness: What Service Providers Need to Know.

Youth Homelessness and Juvenile Justice
This NCHE brief is designed for juvenile justice agencies and professionals (including law enforcement officers, juvenile probation officers, attorneys, juvenile court personnel, and detention facility staff), as well as State Coordinators for Homeless Education and local homeless education liaisons. It provides basic information to help educators understand the juvenile court process and explains why the McKinney- Vento Homeless Assistance Act is a critical tool for juvenile justice agencies to help homeless youth they work with to enroll and succeed in school.
Download Youth Homelessness and Juvenile Justice.


Other Resources

A Guide to Working with the Media
The booklet from the Corporation for National and Community Service offers pointers to help nonprofit organizations and volunteer groups conduct media outreach, including tips for publicizing grant announcements, service events, and volunteer recruitment drives; ideas for writing news releases; sample media advisories and public service announcements; and a list of media contacts and resources.
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A New Wave of Evidence: The Impact of School, Family, and Community Connections on Student Achievement
This review of the research examines the growing evidence that family and community connections with schools make a difference in student success. It is a synthesis of 51 studies about the impact of family and community involvement on student achievement, and effective strategies to connect schools, families, and community.
Download the research review.

A Place at the Table: Homeless Veterans and Local Homeless Assistance Planning Networks
This guidebook from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) provides a detailed guide to the Continuum of Care process with an emphasis on strategies for getting a seat at the table and becoming meaningfully involved in local homeless assistance planning.
Download the guidebook.

Building Successful Collaborations: Ten Principles of Sustainable Partnerships
This brief from the National Center on Family Homeless, National Alliance to End Homelessness, Zero to Three, and the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, provides service providers who are contemplating collaborations with important knowledge and tools needed to create robust, sustainable partnerships that benefit their communities as well as each participating agency. The ten principles outlined in the brief provide practical guideposts for organizations that are considering or planning collaborative partnerships. Further, organizations that have already embarked on this work, and have encountered one or more of the challenges described in the brief, may find the suggestions helpful.
Download the brief.

Promising Practices for Agencies Serving Homeless Students
This booklet from the Family Service Provider Network Children's Committee, a housing and service provider network in southeastern Pennsylvania, serves as a resource for building strong partnerships between family service providers and schools. It offers a framework to help providers develop and maintain relationships with key personnel in their children's schools, provide academic support, lower truancy, and improve parental involvement.
Download the booklet.

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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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