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New Resources: April – June 2016


Hidden in Plain Sight: Homeless Students in America's Public Schools
This report from Civic Enterprises provides unique insights into the challenges faced by homeless students and proposed strategies for addressing these challenges. Based on focus groups with and surveys of State Coordinators for Homeless Education, local homeless education liaisons, and homeless youth, the report provides an overview of existing research on homeless students, sheds light on the challenges homeless students face and the supports they say they need to succeed, reports on the challenges educators face in trying to help homeless students, and recommends changes in policy and practice to help homeless students get on a path to adult success.
Download Hidden in Plain Sight: Homeless Students in America's Public Schools.
Date posted: 6/17/16

Questions and Answers: Federal Student Aid and Homeless Youth
This fact sheet from the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Federal Student Aid provides important information about federal financial aid for college and other supports available to unaccompanied homeless youth. While the information included in the fact sheet is helpful for practitioners, the fact sheet is intended to be a youth-friendly document that informs students themselves about their options and supports available to them.
Download Questions and Answers: Federal Student Aid and Homeless Youth.
Date posted: 6/15/16

Higher Education: Actions Needed to Improve Access to Federal Financial Assistance for Homeless and Foster Youth
This report from the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) examines college enrollment and completion for foster and homeless youth, the extent to which challenges these youth face affect their ability to pursue college, and the extent to which program barriers hinder these youth from obtaining federal financial assistance for college. The report also recommends concrete strategies the federal government can undertake to improve access to federal financial assistance for unaccompanied homeless youth and foster youth.
Download Higher Education: Actions Needed to Improve Access to Federal Financial Assistance for Homeless and Foster Youth.
Date posted: 6/14/16

Foster Care Transition Toolkit
This toolkit from the U.S. Department of Education provides information on 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, including the toolkit's chapter on securing housing.
Download the Foster Care Transition Toolkit.
Date posted: 6/06/16

Out of Reach 2016
Out of Reach, an annual publication from the National Low Income Housing Coalition, documents the gap between wages and the price of housing across the United States. The report's Housing Wage is an estimate of the hourly wage that a full-time worker must earn to afford a modest and safe rental home without spending more than 30% of his or her income on rent and utility costs. The report highlights the struggle faced by millions of families in affording a safe and decent home, as wages stagnate, rents increase, and the support of affordable housing continues to be insufficient to meet the need.
Visit the Out of Reach 2016 webpage.
Visit Out of Reach webpages from previous years.
Date posted: 5/27/16

Hungry to Learn: Addressing Food and Housing Insecurity Among Undergraduates
This December 2015 report from the Wisconsin HOPE Lab 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.
Download Hungry to Learn: Addressing Food and Housing Insecurity Among Undergraduates.
Date posted: 5/16/16

Barriers to Success: Housing Insecurity for U.S. College Students
This February 2015 report from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development provides useful context and statistics on the issue of housing insecurity, including homelessness among U.S. college students.
Download Barriers to Success: Housing Insecurity for U.S. College Students.
Date posted: 5/16/16

Health Coverage for Homeless and At-Risk Youth
Homeless and at-risk youth are likely to be eligible for health care coverage under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The ACA simplifies and expands access to affordable health care for most Americans, including low-income and homeless youth, and allows states to expand eligibility for Medicaid. Health coverage under the ACA can help connect young people with supports to address their health care needs. This factsheet from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services describes eligibility, what services are covered, and how to sign up.
Download Health Coverage for Homeless and At-Risk Youth.
Date posted: 4/28/16

Serving Children in Temporary Housing: A Tip Sheet for Head Start Programs (New York)
This tip sheet, developed collaboratively by the New York State Head Start Collaboration Project and the New York State Technical and Education Assistance Center for Homeless Students, provides helpful hints for serving young homeless children in Head Start programs. The tip sheet provides an overview of the definition of homeless, Head Start rights and protections for homeless children, strategies for identifying and verifying the eligibility of homeless children, and strategies for prioritizing homeless children for services.
Download Serving Children in Temporary Housing: A Tip Sheet for Head Start Programs.
Date posted: 4/20/16

Hear Us Awareness Videos
This YouTube channel from Hear Us, a non-profit organization that produces films and books that are used by educators and other stakeholders to call attention to the crisis of family and youth homelessness, provides a variety of short- and medium-length awareness video clips.
Visit the Hear Us YouTube channel.
Date posted: 4/05/16

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