NAEHCY full-length publications may be downloaded below. For additional information, including resources from other organizations, visit the topic pages below:
NAEHCY Full-length Publications
A Critical Moment: Child and Youth Homelessness in Our Nation's Schools
The economic downturn has forced more families and youth to lose their footing, falling downward into the spiral of homelessness and jeopardizing children and youth’s educational success. At the same time, a one-time increase in federal funding for school-based efforts to identify and support homeless children and youth has enabled more school districts to provide more assistance. The ability of schools to continue to provide this assistance, however, hinges on current budget decisions. This brief summarizes recent federal data, as well as findings from a national survey of school districts and state departments of education.
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College Access and Success for Students Experiencing Homelessness: A Toolkit for Educators and Service Providers
This toolkit serves as a comprehensive resource on the issue of higher education access and success for homeless students, including information on understanding homeless students, assisting homeless students in choosing a school, helping homeless students pay for application-related expenses, assisting homeless students in finding financial aid and scholarships for school, and helping homeless students succeed in college.
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The Economic Crisis Hits Home: The Unfolding Increase In Child and Youth Homelessness
Largely due to the economic and housing crises, many school districts across the country report increases in the number of homeless students in the classroom. The Economic Crisis Hits Home presents the results of a survey of local homeless education liaisons conducted by the National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth (NAEHCY) and First Focus between October 24 and December 10, 2008. Based on these findings, the report also presents policy recommendations for the new Administration and Congress, as well as practice recommendations for schools and community agencies.
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FERPA and Homelessness: A Technical Assistance Tool
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA; 20 USC §1232g; 34 CFR Part 99) is a federal law that protects the privacy of student education records. Specifically, FERPA prohibits a school from disclosing personally identifiable information from students’ education records without the consent of a parent or eligible student, unless an exception to FERPA’s general consent rule applies. This NAEHCY document seeks to explain FERPA’s basic provisions and how schools can protect homeless children and youth while sharing educational information appropriately.
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Frequently Asked Questions on the Education Rights of Children and Youth in Homeless Situations - Updated November 2009
Refreshed and revised, this useful resource provides practical and technical guidance to homeless education liaisons and advocates. A detailed index has also been added.
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Housing + High School = Success. Schools and Communities Uniting to House Unaccompanied Youth
This publication provides a step-by-step guide and practical tools to create 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 establish these programs in their communities and include 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.
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Immigration and Schools: Supporting Success for Undocumented Unaccompanied Homeless Youth
Attending school and securing lawful status in the United States are two keys to safety and security for undocumented unaccompanied homeless youth. This brief, co-authored by NAEHCY and Kids In Need of Defense (KIND), is designed for young people, immigration attorneys and advocates, McKinney-Vento liaisons, and other educators. It provides information about federal laws that provide the means for undocumented unaccompanied youth who are homeless to attend school and address their immigration status.
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Making State Laws Work for Unaccompanied Youth: A How-To Manual and Tools for Creating State Laws and Policies to Support Unaccompanied Homeless Youth Under Age 18
McKinney-Vento liaisons, youth service providers, attorneys and others work to assist unaccompanied homeless youth whose parents are not capable of supporting their children’s best interests or who purposefully act against those best interests. However, state and federal laws often do not provide youth or their advocates with the legal tools they need. This publication offers background on unaccompanied homeless youth, explains their legal status under state and federal law, and provides tools to help youth and advocates create state and local laws and policies to support unaccompanied homeless youth.
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Strategies for Implementing New HUD Homeless Assistance Requirements to Collaborate with Schools
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) leads the federal government's efforts to prevent and end homelessness. The Homeless Emergency Assistance and Rapid Transition to Housing (HEARTH) Act, signed into law in 2009, provides for the prevention of homelessness, rapid re-housing, consolidation of housing programs, and new homeless categories. The HEARTH Act also includes four educational assurances requiring collaboration between HUD-funded homeless service programs and school districts. These requirements, and suggestions for implementing them, are described in this NAEHCY document.
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Unaccompanied Homeless Youth Toolkits
NAEHCY is pleased to offer this set of three unaccompanied homeless youth toolkits. Each toolkit, designed with a specific audience in mind, contains a wealth of information about supporting unaccompanied youth in school and out, with a special focus on helping unaccompanied youth complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) when applying for aid for higher education. A toolkit is available for each of the following audiences:
- High School Counselors and McKinney-Vento Liaisons
- Shelters and Service Providers; and
- College and University Financial Aid Administrators
Using What We Know: Supporting the Education of Unaccompanied Homeless Youth
This report presents seven principles for educational success for unaccompanied youth and detailed, practical strategies to implement those principles in schools and communities. Distilled from interviews with over one hundred NAEHCY members from across the country, each principle is based on what we know as educators and advocates dedicated to the education of children and youth experiencing homelessness: that to confront the educational challenges of unaccompanied young people, we must confront homelessness.
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