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This Is How Im Going to Make a Life for Myself: An Analysis of FAFSA Data and Barriers to Financial Aid for Unaccompanied Homeless Youth

This Is How Im Going to Make a Life for Myself: An Analysis of FAFSA Data and Barriers to Financial Aid for Unaccompanied Homeless Youth
Electronically published journal article, but not part of an issue

No

Abstract

This report from SchoolHouse Connection looks at the challenges that many unaccompanied homeless students encounter when they apply for federal financial aid. Using data from the U.S. Department of Education, the report outlines ongoing barriers such as the definition of “youth” for 22- and 23-year-olds and required homeless determination from school districts, homeless service providers, or post-secondary institutions. This report provides state-level data and recommendations for policy and practice changes going forward.

Accession number
25803
Type new
Paper/Research Report
Organization

Schoolhouse Connection

Year published new
2017
Availability

Available for free download on the SchoolHouse Connection website at: https://www.schoolhouseconnection.org/new-report-highlights-fafsa-chall…

Supporting the Education of Unaccompanied Students Experiencing Homelessness

Supporting the Education of Unaccompanied Students Experiencing Homelessness
Electronically published journal article, but not part of an issue

No

Abstract

This brief from the National Center for Homeless Education describes the educational challenges faced by unaccompanied youth who are experiencing homelessness and outlines the key provisions of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act related to this student population. The brief presents strategies school districts can use to support the educational success of unaccompanied youth. Additional resources are provided. 

Accession number
25660
Type new
Brief
Organization

National Center for Homeless Education

Series
McKinney-Vento Law Into Practice Brief Series
Year published new
2017
Availability

Available free of charge on the National Center for Homeless Education website at: https://nche.ed.gov/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/youth.pdf

State Index on Youth Homelessness

State Index on Youth Homelessness
Electronically published journal article, but not part of an issue

No

Abstract

In partnership with the National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty, the True Colors Fund developed the State Index on Youth Homelessness (the Index) as a summary of some of the legal, systemic, and environmental barriers youth experiencing homelessness face. The Index looks at 61 metrics in all 50 states and District of Columbia. The metrics evaluate each state’s laws and policies, systems, and environments that affect youth experiencing homelessness and influence state policy and program implementation. The Index provides recommendations for each state on how to better protect the safety, development, health, and dignity of youth experiencing homelessness.

Accession number
25677
Authors
Rush, J., Santos, M.
Type new
Guide/Toolkit
Organization

True Colors Fund and the National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty

Year published new
2018
Availability

Available free of charge on the True Colors Fund website at: https://truecolorsfund.org/index/

Runaway and Homeless Youth: Demographics and Programs

Runaway and Homeless Youth: Demographics and Programs
Electronically published journal article, but not part of an issue

No

Abstract

This report discusses the federal response to support the runaway and homeless youth population, specifically the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness; the Runaway and Homeless Youth Program, administered by the Family and Youth Services Bureau; and other related programs. The report acknowledges that definitions of the terms “runaway” and “homeless youth” are not specified; however, both groups share the risk of having inadequate shelter and other provisions and may engage in harmful behaviors while away from a permanent home. These two groups also include “thrownaway” youth who are asked to leave their homes, as well as other vulnerable youth populations, such as current and former foster youth and youth with mental health issues. The term “unaccompanied youth” encompasses both runaways and homeless youth and is used in national data counts of the population. (author abstract modified)

Accession number
25520
Authors
Fernandes-Alcantara, A.L.
Type new
Paper/Research Report
Organization

Congressional Research Service

Year published new
2018
Availability

This report is available online at: https://fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/RL33785.pdf

Missed Opportunities: Youth Homelessness in America: National Estimates

Missed Opportunities: Youth Homelessness in America: National Estimates
Electronically published journal article, but not part of an issue

No

Abstract

This is the first in a series of Research-to-Impact briefs by Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago on understanding and addressing youth homelessness. This brief provides information from the Voices of Youth Count national survey on unaccompanied youth homelessness in America. The study captures youth homelessness broadly, including sleeping on the streets, in shelters, running away, being kicked out, and couch surfing. Overall, findings show 1 in 10 young adults ages 18 to 25, and at least 1 in 30 adolescents ages 13 to 17, experience some form of homelessness unaccompanied by a parent or guardian over the course of a year. In this brief, the researchers outline key findings and recommendations on how all young people can reach their full potential and contribute to stronger communities and economies across the country.  (author abstract modified)

Accession number
25517
Authors
Morton, M.H., Samuels, G.M., Dworsky, A., Patel, S.
Type new
Brief
Organization

Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago

Series
Research-to-Impact Briefs
Year published new
2017
Availability

Available for free download on the Voices of Youth Count website at: http://voicesofyouthcount.org/brief/national-estimates-of-youth-homeles…

Homelessness in America: Focus on Youth

Homelessness in America: Focus on Youth
Electronically published journal article, but not part of an issue

No

Abstract

This brief from the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH) provides information about the scope of youth homelessness and the risks associated with young people becoming homeless. It also looks at what is known about unaccompanied youth who experience homelessness and patterns of homelessness that exist among this population. This brief outlines the areas USICH indicates still have significant gaps in available data. 

Accession number
25663
Type new
Brief
Organization

United States Interagency Council on Homelessness

Series
Homelessness in America
Year published new
2018
Availability

Available for free download on the USICH website at: https://www.usich.gov/resources/uploads/asset_library/Homelessness_in_A…

Evicted? Doubled Up? Your Child Has the Right to Stay in School! A Know Your Rights Toolkit for Families who Lack Stable Housing

Evicted? Doubled Up? Your Child Has the Right to Stay in School! A Know Your Rights Toolkit for Families who Lack Stable Housing
Electronically published journal article, but not part of an issue

No

Abstract

This toolkit provides information about how the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act protects the rights of children and youth to stay in their schools while their families are experiencing homelessness or housing instability. It provides resources to help parents understand their children’s educational rights and whom they can contact at the school system level and how to seek legal representation.

Accession number
25730
Type new
Guide/Toolkit
Organization

National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty

Year published new
2019
Availability

Available free of charge on the NLCHP website at: https://nlchp.org//wp-content/uploads/2019/02/mvtoolkitfederal2019.pdf

Ending Homelessness for Unaccompanied Minor Youth

Ending Homelessness for Unaccompanied Minor Youth
Electronically published journal article, but not part of an issue

No

Abstract

The National Alliance to End Homelessness and its partners assembled a group of expert practitioners, known as the Practice Knowledge Project, to discuss the most effective interventions to prevent youth homelessness from their experience in the field. This brief provides lessons learned about serving unaccompanied minor youth. The project recommends the following: 1) prevent homelessness by strengthening family, school, and community structures to support youth; 2) quickly provide crisis intervention services and assessment to recently homeless youth; 3) refer to longer-term housing and services for minor youth who cannot immediately return home or to extended family. 

Accession number
25461
Authors
National Alliance to End Homelessness
Type new
Brief
Year published new
2018
Availability

Available for free download on the National Alliance to End Homelessness website at: http://endhomelessness.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/ending-homelessne…

Conducting a Youth Count: A Toolkit

Conducting a Youth Count: A Toolkit
Electronically published journal article, but not part of an issue

No

Abstract

This toolkit provides a step-by-step roadmap for public and private youth-serving organizations on how to use the Voices of Youth Count (VoYC) methodology to conduct a more inclusive and accurate count of homeless youth. Its intended audience is the individuals and organizations who will plan and execute the youth count in their community. The toolkit has five phases with guidance and links to templates and tools within each phase. The guidance sections provide an overview of each phase and details about how the national VoYC was implemented, including lessons learned. The associated tools contain more detailed explanations on how to complete each step in the youth count process. The appendix includes a complete list of the tools and templates embedded throughout the toolkit. For those new to youth counting, the authors recommend reading the toolkit guidance in full before starting the planning process.

Accession number
25546
Authors
Horwitz, B., Hinsz, J., Karczmar, A., Matjasko, J.L., Patel, S., Vidis, J.
Type new
Guide/Toolkit
Organization

Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago

Year published new
2017

Central Florida Tri-County Youth Count: Final Report

Central Florida Tri-County Youth Count: Final Report
Electronically published journal article, but not part of an issue

No

Abstract

This report from Chapin Hall describes a study to provide an estimate of the size of the homeless youth population and its characteristics in three central Florida counties (Orange, Osceola, and Seminole). Information was also gathered about the types of services available to young people experiencing homelessness. Over three days, the project surveyed youth on the street and in services, which include shelters, transitional living programs, and drop-in centers. In addition, researchers examined data from the Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) and school systems. Findings include: 1) On a single night in October 2017, there was a total of 268 homeless and unstably housed youth ages 13 to 24 in the three counties. 2) Twelve percent of the surveyed homeless and unstably housed youth were 13 to 17 years old. 3) Youth in the foster care and justice systems were overrepresented in the three counties. 4) Providers in the three counties have 104 shelter, transitional living, rapid rehousing, and subsidized affordable housing slots available for youth, only 10 of which serve youth under age 18. 

Accession number
25739
Authors
Chrisler, A., Horwitz, B., Morton, M.
Type new
Paper/Research Report
Organization

Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago

Year published new
2018
Availability

Available for free download on the Chapin Hall website at: https://www.chapinhall.org/research/central-florida-count-identifies-se…