SchoolHouse Connection

Here at SchoolHouse Connection, we work to overcome homelessness through education. We believe education is the only permanent solution to homelessness. Our vision is that children and youth experiencing homelessness have full access to quality learning, birth through higher education, so they will never be homeless as adults, and the next generation will never be homeless.
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Our Programs & Resources

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.
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PreK - 12

In the 2020-21 school year, public schools identified more than 1.1 million homeless students. Schools provide basic needs, caring adults, stability, normalcy, and the skills to avoid homelessness as adults.
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Higher Education

The majority of well-paying jobs created today require at least a Bachelor’s degree. A college degree is increasingly necessary to break the cycle of poverty and homelessness, and live a healthy, productive life.
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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. The highest risk factor for youth homelessness is the lack of a high school diploma or GED.
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The Issue

Child and youth homelessness is widespread and devastating – but hidden. You don’t see children, youth, and families in the same way that you see adults who experience homelessness. Education can help break the cycle.
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Common Questions

There are many common questions about children and youth who are experiencing homelessness. Schoolhouse Connection has compiled some of the questions we hear the most.
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Q&As From Our Inbox

We receive many questions from educators, service providers, and the public about the education of children and youth experiencing homelessness. We feature some of them here. Please contact us with any questions you may have.
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American Rescue Plan — Homeless Children and Youth (ARP-HCY) funds, are one-time funds uniquely flexible funds to support the identification, enrollment, and school participation of children and youth experiencing homelessness.
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Data Profiles Tool

In partnership with Poverty Solutions at the University of Michigan, we have created searchable data profiles to raise awareness of the scale and impact of homelessness on children and youth, and to underscore the need for action to meet their needs.
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