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Education Help for Runaway and Homeless Youth

June 17, 2019

For more than 30 years, one piece of federal legislation has ensured that runaway and homeless youth receive the same educational opportunities as their peers with stable housing. In this RHY Issue Brief, you'll find information about the McKinney-Vento Act, students' rights under the legislation, where to find state and local Coordinators for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth, and much more.

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Runaway and Homeless Youth, Mental Health, and Trauma-Informed Care

March 26, 2019

Whether it’s abuse, the consequences of living in poverty, a lack of empathy and support for their self-identity, or some combination of the three, runaway and homeless youth (RHY) often experience significant challenges to their happiness and well-being. Trauma-informed care can help RHY rebuild a sense of control and empowerment.

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Facts and Figures About Runaway and Homeless Youth

March 25, 2019

As we post our third Issue Brief in an ongoing series — Runaway and Homeless Youth, Mental Health, and Trauma-Informed Care — we are re-posting our first one on the causes and consequences of running away and homelessness among young people. This issue brief provides some of the facts and figures related to runaway and homeless youth in the U.S.

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The Health Needs of Homeless Youth

October 29, 2018

Despite the importance of a healthy youth population, runaway and homeless youth face many barriers to physical health and many obstacles to obtaining care.