ICPH's Beyond Housing 2020 Conference

SHC’s Sessions, Resources, and Policy Advocacy

Thursday, January 16, 10:45AM -- The Past, Present, and Future of Federal Policy on Family Homelessness

This session will review federal policy on child, youth, and family homelessness, provide a current update, and offer ways that attendees can take action to shape the future. Areas of focus will include the reform of federal homeless assistance, as well as early care, education, housing, and antipoverty programs.

Thursday, January 16, 2:45PM -- Youth Voices: Experiences with Homelessness

This session is a facilitated discussion among youth from across the country who experienced homelessness during their K-12 education. They will discuss the challenges that they experienced in their education as well as the people, programs, and internal attributes that have helped them persist and achieve success.

Friday, January 17, 9:15AM -- Driving Change with Education Data Metrics

Attendees will learn strategies for using data to evaluate areas of need, set goals, and demonstrate success. Discover what data systems are available and explore examples of work across the country that use the evaluation of data to change the lives of students experiencing homelessness.

Friday, January 17, 9:15AM -- Implementing CCDF Final Rule: North Carolina's Efforts to Implement Provisions that Increase Access to Child Care Subsidies for Families Experiencing Homelessness

This session focuses on a two-year initiative aimed at reaching out to homeless families and housing providers to increase participation in subsidized childcare. Participants will learn about the specific strategies used and will receive a template to create an outreach plan.



Friday, January 17, 11:00AM -- Education Leads Home: A National Campaign to Improve Educational Outcomes for America’s Homeless Students

Public schools identified 1.5 million homeless students during SY 2017-2018, in addition to an estimated 1.3 million children under the age of six. Education Leads Home is a national campaign focused on improving educational outcomes for these students, raising awareness of key challenges, and increasing implementation of proven practices and policies. Attendees will learn more about the campaign’s three goals, the work being done across the country to achieve them, and how this can be incorporated into their own work.



Friday, January 17, 11:00AM -- The Health and Well-Being of Homeless High School Students: Lessons from the Youth Risk Behavior Survey

This session will take a closer look at the mental, emotional, and physical health needs of homeless high school students across the country. Attendees will learn tangible action steps to promote safety and health for students experiencing homelessness.

Handouts and Resources:

Policy Updates

Congressional action is heating up on a number of bills related to child, youth, and family homelessness, including FY2021 funding, higher education, and homeless assistance. Please read the updates below and take action to help children, youth, and families experiencing homelessness.

  1. FY2021 funding for targeted homeless children and youth programs;
  2. Higher education for homeless and foster youth; and
  3. HUD homeless assistance reform for children, youth, and families.


At SchoolHouse Connection, we listen closely, then work with practitioners to create tools and resources to meet their needs. SchoolHouse Connection resources, and some created by our partners, are listed below. We also conduct webinars on many of these same topics. If you have an idea for a tool, resource, or webinar, please email us.

Resources are categorized by the following subject areas:

  • Early Childhood
  • PreK-12
  • Higher Education
  • Housing
  • Unaccompanied Youth

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