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.
Child and youth homelessness is widespread and devastating – but hidden. Education can help break the cycle.
If you are a homeless liaison, it can be difficult to locate your early childhood partners and understand which program(s) a child might be eligible for. Here are some helpful resources.
This template is for financial aid administrators requesting written statements for students requesting an unaccompanied homeless youth determination
This template is for students who are requested to write a written statement about unaccompanied homeless youth determinations by their financial aid office.
A Message from SHC Scholars
The U.S. Department of Education released a “Dear Colleague Letter” to Chief State School Officers asking States to consider modifying their administrative procedures to expedite spending American Rescue Plan Homeless Children and Youth (ARP-HCY) funds. Now what?
More than twenty organizations joined SchoolHouse Connection in signing a letter to U.S. Secretary of Education Cardona requesting updated guidance on the flexible use of American Rescue Plan Homeless Children and Youth (ARP-HCY) funds to support the school identification, enrollment, and participation of children and youth experiencing homelessness.
Most children, youth, and families experiencing homelessness are shut out of homeless assistance because they do not meet the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) restrictive definition of homelessness, despite their great vulnerability. This bipartisan legislation fixes the problem.
Hidden Homelessness in the U.S.: Why Congress Must Change HUD’s Definition of Homelessness to Align With Other Federal Agencies
Learn why Congress must change the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s definition of homelessness to align with other federal agencies.
On December 19, 2022, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) released its 2022 Annual Homeless Assessment Report Part I (AHAR), boasting continuous decreases in both family and youth homelessness. 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.
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 2020-21 school year, public schools identified nearly 1.1 million homeless students. Schools provide basic needs, caring adults, stability, normalcy, and the skills to avoid homelessness as adults.
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 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.