NCHE Resources

Housing and Education Collaborations to Serve Homeless Children, Youth, and Families

This brief 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

Crosswalk of Key Federally-funded Child and Youth Homeless Contacts 
This excel file contains a crosswalk of Continuum of Care (CoC) primary contacts, Homeless Liaison (LEA) contact information for schools, and Runaway and Homeless Youth (RHY) providers. The goal of this file is to make it easier for stakeholders that serve children and youth experiencing homelessness that receive federal funding to know how to contact each other. This file will have errors – both in actual contact information as well as in the crosswalk because contact information changes regularly and agencies record the physical locations and jurisdictional boundaries of their programs in different ways. However, those errors are likely to be limited and we will strive to improve this file in the future to minimize issues. If your community currently does not have all three of these players at the table, where applicable, we strongly encourage you to use this file to reach out to those contacts and come together to prevent and end homelessness among children and youth. We also encourage you to reach out to other youth-serving programs which are not included in the spreadsheet, including shelters and drop-in centers, child welfare agencies, juvenile justice agencies, affordable housing developers, afterschool programs, behavioral health organizations, and others.  This file was updated in December 2018 with total counts of homeless children and youth and subgroups by CoC based on school year (SY) 2016-2017 LEA level homeless enrollment data.

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 Ending Homelessness for Families: The Evidence for Affordable Housing.

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

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 NLIHC website.

Out of Reach: The High Cost of Housing (2019)

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 2019 webpage.
Visit Out of Reach webpages from previous years.

State of the Nation's Housing 2019

This report, published annually 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.

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.
Access HUD grantee contact information.

Worst Case Housing Needs: 2017 Report to Congress

This report, published by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), is the sixteenth in a longstanding series providing national data and analysis of the critical problems facing very low-income renting families. The report draws on data from the 2015 American Housing Survey (AHS), and finds that benefits of the strengthening national economy are not adequately flowing to renter households at the lowest income levels, and severe housing problems are on the rise.
Download Worst Case Housing Needs: 2017 Report to Congress.
Access Worst Case Housing Needs reports from previous years.