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Tips for Homeless Higher Education Liaisons

Many institutions of higher education are designating liaisons for students experiencing homelessness. Similar to their counterparts in K-12 education, homeless higher education liaisons support students by connecting them to available resources on and off-campus, and removing barriers to their college retention and success. This tip sheet provides basic strategies for homeless higher education liaisons.

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Innovation in Illinois: New Law and Funding Supports Homeless and Foster Youth in Higher Education

Designating homeless higher education liaisons is a best practice for supporting students experiencing homelessness and students with experience in foster care. Illinois is among the states that has enacted a law, the Higher Education Housing and Opportunities Act, which aims to address the needs of homeless students and students in foster care on college and university campuses.

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Help Homeless Youth Access Housing and Pursue Education

On Wednesday, November 16, 2022, bipartisan legislation was reintroduced in the U.S.House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate to help unaccompanied youth experiencing homelessness access housing and pursue their dreams of higher education. Please take one minute to contact your U.S. Senators and 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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Progress and Promise: An Early Look at COVID Relief Funds for Children and Youth Experiencing Homelessness

This report from SchoolHouse Connection provides an early look at how some school districts across the country are using or planning to use their ARP-HCY funds to identify and serve students experiencing homelessness, as well as how state education agencies are using funds reserved for statewide activities. Based on early data, the number of school districts receiving funds for homeless students will increase more than six-fold. This means many schools that have never received specific support to respond to student homelessness will now be able to do so.

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