SchoolHouse Connection is a national non-profit organization working to overcome homelessness through education. We provide strategic advocacy and practical assistance in partnership with early childhood programs, schools, institutions of higher education, service providers, families, and youth.

The Issue

Child and youth homelessness is widespread and devastating – but hidden. Education can help break the cycle.



A Message from SHC Scholars



Help Homeless Youth Access Housing and Pursue Education

On Wednesday, February 7, 2024, bipartisan legislation was reintroduced in the U.S.House of Representatives to help unaccompanied youth experiencing homelessness access housing and pursue their dreams of higher education. Please take one minute to contact your U.S. Representative so that homeless youth don’t have to choose between a place to live, and the education that is their best hope of a brighter, more secure future.

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New HUD Data Show Dramatic Increase in Families and Youth in Homeless Shelters, Even While Significantly Undercounting Families and Youth Experiencing Homelessness

The 2023 HUD PIT Count reveals a 12% increase in overall homelessness, with a staggering 16% rise for families with children and 15% for unaccompanied youth. Despite the alarming figures, the report underscores the inadequacy of HUD data in capturing the true extent of homelessness, emphasizing the urgent need for targeted action to address the crisis.

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The Pitfalls of HUD’s Point-in-Time Count for Children, Youth, and Families

On December 15, 2023, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) released its 2023 Annual Homeless Assessment Report Part I (AHAR). The 2023 report showed a record number of families and youth in shelters, or who were in a visibly unsheltered situation, on a single night in January. In this brief, we explain why HUD’s data are flawed and misleading, and why other federal data sources provide a more accurate picture of child, youth, and family homelessness. 

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Early Childhood

Infants are at greater risk of living in homeless shelters than any other age group in the United States. Early childhood programs prevent the harmful life-long effects of homelessness on education, health and well-being.


In the 2021-22 school year, public schools identified more than 1.2 million homeless students. Schools provide basic needs, caring adults, stability, normalcy, and the skills to avoid homelessness as adults.

Higher Education

The majority of well-paying jobs created today require education beyond high school. Post-secondary attainment is increasingly necessary to break the cycle of poverty and homelessness, and live a healthy, productive life.

Unaccompanied Youth

Unaccompanied homeless youth are young people experiencing homelessness who are not in the physical custody of a parent or guardian. 4.2 million youth and young adults experience homelessness each year.

Homeless Education Directory

Find state and local contact information for State Coordinators, Homeless Liaisons, Head Start Collaboration Offices, and Homeless Higher Education Liaisons.

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