Question

On a regular basis, children and youth report that school is a home to them – a place where they see the same faces, sit in the same seat, and can put their hearts and minds into pursuits that ease their daily troubles. In school, students gain the skills and support needed to avoid poverty and homelessness as adults.

Housing + High School = Success

Schools and Communities Uniting to House Unaccompanied Youth

"It's just amazing what happens when you stabilize someone's housing. When youth know they're going to have a place to sleep until graduation, it's amazing how their grades, attendance and progress change"

Beth McCullough, Director
Roadmap to Graduation
Adrian Public Schools/Catholic Charities host home program

High School + Housing = SuccessNAEHCY is pleased to offer this update to its 2009 publication, Housing + High School = Success, which highlighted seven communities in which McKinney-Vento school district liaisons and community partners worked together to provide housing to unaccompanied homeless youth. The 2012 update shares new challenges and successes from four of the programs highlighted in 2009, as well as information about three new housing programs from Beaverton, OR; the northwest Florida panhandle; and Shelton, WA. This update is designed to enhance the tools provided in the original publication, including our ten-step process to create a youth housing program in your community. NAEHCY also has added to the on-line bank of forms and documents, so others seeking to replicate these programs can build on the excellent work that has been done.

The publication offers ten steps to consider for four different temporary housing models for unaccompanied youth: host homes; group homes; independent living; and emergency shelters. The steps are designed to give readers tools to create these programs in their communities. In addition, the links below provide sample youth applications, host home applications, powers of attorney, parental consent forms, confidentiality notices, job descriptions, posters, flyers, Power Point presentations, data collection tools, and other useful forms and documents.

Full Publication

Download Housing + High School = Success (2012 publication update)
Download Housing + High School = Success (2009)

Awareness Raising Materials

Legacy House Power Point presentation (Berks County) - Powerpoint Document
Students in Transition Empowerment Program Power Point presentation (Traverse City Area Public Schools) - PDF

Program Development

Students in Transition Empowerment Program, Student Housing Survey (Traverse City Area Public Schools) - PDF
Legacy House Implementation Plan (Berks County) - Word Doc
Ozanam grant application to HUD for Pathways Transitional Living Program (Kansas City) - PDF
Ozanam grant application to United Way for Pathways Transitional Living Program (Kansas City) - PDF
Legacy House Case Manager job description (Berks County) - Word Doc
Host Homes Coordinator job description (Fairfax County) - JPG Document
Memorandum of Understanding between the Board of Santa Rosa County School District and Families Count: Youth Count Host Homes (added with 2012 update)

Flyers and Posters

Legacy House flyer for youth (Berks County) - PDF Format
Fairfax County Public School poster for youth, in English - PDF
Fairfax County Public School poster for youth, in Spanish - PDF
Host Homes for Homeless Youth flyer (Fairfax County) - PDF
Pathways Transitional Living Program Information (Kansas City) - Web Link
Second Home brochure (added with 2012 update)

Program Implementation

Legacy House referral form, redacted (Berks County) - Word Doc
Homeless Youth Initiative youth application (Fairfax County) - Word Doc
Pathways Transitional Living Program youth application forms (Kansas City) - PDF
Pathways Transitional Living Program rules (Kansas City) - PDF
Partnership letter between Kansas City Kansas Public Schools and Ozanam - PDF
Memorandum of Understanding between Kansas City Kansas Public Schools Synergy youth services - PDF
Power Pack-Harvesters weekend food program for homeless youth description - PDF
Pathways Transitional Living Program case management forms (Kansas City) - PDF Format
Roadmap to Graduation student information form (Adrian Public Schools) - Word Doc
Roadmap to Graduation mentor home application (Adrian Public Schools) - Word Doc
Roadmap to Graduation mentor home agreement (Adrian Public Schools) - Word Doc
Roadmap to Graduation student agreement (Adrian Public Schools) - Word Doc
Roadmap to Graduation parent/guardian consent form (Adrian Public Schools) - Word Doc
Roadmap to Graduation power of attorney form for parent/guardian (Adrian Public Schools) - Word Doc
Joe's Place trial period permission slip (Maplewood Richmond Heights School District) - Word Doc
Joe's Place placement agreement (Maplewood Richmond Heights School District) - Word Doc
Joe's Place power of attorney form for parent/guardian (Maplewood Richmond Heights School District) - Word Doc
Alternative House confidentiality and exchange of information form (Fairfax County) - Word Doc
Roadmap to Graduation medical history record (Adrian Public Schools) - Word Doc
Roadmap to Graduation house rules (Adrian Public Schools) - Word Doc
Joe's Place resident policies and procedures (Maplewood Richmond Heights School District) - Word Doc
Roadmap to Graduation life skills checklist (Adrian Public Schools) - Word Doc
Unaccompanied youth food pantry voucher (Berks County) - Word Doc
HOST Team flowchart (Mason County, WA) (added with 2012 update)
HOST Program quarterly report (Mason County, WA) (added with 2012 update)

Data Collection and Maintenance

Roadmap to Graduation face sheet (Adrian Public Schools) - Word Doc
Legacy House data collection and tracking form, with names redacted (Berks County) - Microsoft Excel Spreadsheet
Legacy House service report 1 (Berks County) - Word Doc
Legacy House service report 2 (Berks County) - Word Doc
Roadmap to Graduation 2008-09 evaluation summary (Adrian Public Schools) - Word Doc
HOST Program year-end report (Mason County, WA) (added with 2012 update)
HOST participant summary 2011, with names redacted (Mason County, WA) (added with 2012 update)
Fairfax County unaccompanied youth report SY 2011-2012 (Fairfax County) (added with 2012 update)

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