News and Updates


20+ Organizations Unite to Urge Education Secretary for Updated Guidance on ARP-HCY

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.

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SHC Statement on Supreme Court Harvard-UNC Decision on Race Conscious Admissions

The decision to prohibit race-conscious admissions policies is an impediment to our mission, and to the realization of our nation’s promise of equal opportunity for all. Overcoming homelessness through education therefore means relentlessly pursuing diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice in all aspects of our work. Read SchoolHouse Connection's statement.

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What the Debt Ceiling Legislation Means for Child, Youth, and Family Homelessness

Legislation to suspend the debt ceiling for the next two years is expected to be passed this week. The legislation allows the nation to continue to borrow, and avoids the catastrophic consequences of a default. While this legislation has far-reaching implications across federal programs, below is a summary of some of the provisions with the greatest potential impact on child, youth, and family homelessness, and recommendations for action.

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Act by March 17 to Support Funding for Homeless Children & Youth

A bipartisan “Dear Colleague” letter is circulating in the U.S. House of Representatives that calls for $800 million for the McKinney-Vento Act’s Education for Homeless Children and Youth (EHCY) program and $300 million for the Runaway and Homeless Youth Act (RHYA) program in the FY 2024 budget. Please urge your U.S. Representative to sign on to the bipartisan Davis-Bacon-Panetta letter.

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