Newsletter (July 5, 2023)

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Last week, the Supreme Court made it unlawful for colleges to take race into consideration as a specific factor in admissions. Students of color are significantly more likely to experience homelessness, and to face compounding barriers to college access and success. Overcoming homelessness through education therefore means relentlessly pursuing diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice in all aspects of our work. You can read SHC’s full statement here

As we close out the second quarter of 2023, we wanted to take a moment to share our pride in producing theme-focused e-newsletters. Over the past few months, we have tackled important topics such as chronic absenteeism, mental health awareness (Part 1, 2, and 3), and celebrated Pride and Immigrant Heritage Month. These e-blasts have served as a platform to raise awareness on the intersections with homelessness, provide resources, and promote inclusivity. Finally, in case you missed it, here are the latest news, resources, and updates from the world of education and homelessness from April, May, and June. 

Enjoy your summer,
Your SchoolHouse Connection Team

New Resources

Early Childhood

  • [Quiz Yourself] How Much Do You Know About Early Childhood Homelessness?


Higher Education

  • On Friday, April 14th, the U.S. Department of Education (ED) issued new policy guidance on financial aid determinations for unaccompanied youth experiencing homelessness, and unaccompanied youth who are self-supporting and at risk of homelessness. ED’s guidance summarizes new federal financial aid processes that are in effect now, and outlines changes that will go into effect with the 2024-2025 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Learn More. 
  • [Video] Navigating Financial Aid for Homeless Youth: Insights from an Expert
  • [Archived Webinar] New Federal FAFSA Guidance for Homeless Youth

Upcoming Webinars

​​Save The Date For Future ARP-HCY Office Hours With ED:

Federal & State Policy

You, too, can join our efforts to advocate for change! Click here to join SchoolHouse Connection’s Advocacy Network. 

Youth Leadership & Scholarship

The 2023 SchoolHouse Connection Scholarship Application is Live!

  • Our program is one of the nation’s only national scholarship programs specifically serving youth that have experienced homelessness. The goal of our program is to provide financial assistance and staff and peer support to ensure that you are successful in getting to and through higher education and into the workforce.
  • Learn More & Spread the Word

Theme-focused E-newsletters

SchoolHouse Connection in The News

SUNY to introduce campus liaisons for homeless students
Inside Higher Education – June 28, 2023

Chronic absenteeism is on the rise among Idaho students
Idaho Education News – June 5, 2023

Amid pockets of rising student homelessness, California districts tap Covid funding to help families
EdSource – June 1, 2023

The hidden homeless: Thousands of schools are failing to identify students experiencing homelessness
Central Times – May 26, 2023

LGBTQ Students Face Barriers to Getting Student Loans Without Parents’ Participation
Teen Vogue – May 16, 2023

Virginia student homelessness numbers near pre-pandemic levels
Virginia Mercury – May 10, 2023

‘Huge Sense of Relief’: How New FAFSA Could Help Homeless Students
Inside Higher Education – May 9, 2023

States Take Up Bills to Confront Youth Homelessness
Route Fifty – May 8, 2023

Evicted, Homeless, And Working Full-Time
Defector – April 28, 2023

How Schools Serve Homeless Students
US News – April 28, 2023

‘Hidden Homeless’: A Key Measure of Homelessness Excludes Most Students
Education Week – April 3, 2023

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