National Clearinghouse on Homeless Youth and Families

Part II: Racial and Ethnic Equity: Disproportionality and Action Steps for Schools

Published: May, 2019
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Schoolhouse Connection
Student Homelessness: Lessons from the Youth Risk Behavior Survey

This research brief from SchoolHouse Connection looks at demographic and risk factor data of high school students experiencing homelessness compared with students not experiencing homelessness. It uses the Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) results from 17 states during the 2016-2017 school year. These data indicate black students are 2.67 times more likely and Hispanic students are 1.68 times more likely to experience homelessness compared with white students. Based on these findings, SchoolHouse Connection urges schools to adopt a district-wide approach to overcome these racial and ethnic disparities. This brief provides action steps and additional resources for schools. (author abstract modified)

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