Ten Resources for Working With Students Experiencing Homelessness
Students experiencing homelessness may need extra assistance transitioning into the school year. School is often the one stable place where children who are homeless can interact with their peers, eat healthy meals, and feel safe. Students experiencing homelessness may be returning to school without the means to purchase new clothes, supplies, or books, among other challenges.
McKinney-Vento liaisons, teachers, guidance counselors and other providers working with youth must have an understanding of the challenges these students face – and the best ways to meet students’ needs. The Homeless Resource Center (HRC) has put together a list of ten resources to share best practices for improving services and programs to help meet the needs of students experiencing homelessness.
Facts About Homeless Education. This resource provides basic information on the number of children and youth experiencing homelessness, the definition of homelessness, and how homelessness affects the education of young people.
Let’s Talk: Runaway Prevention Curriculum. This interactive curriculum focuses on educating about alternatives to running away and provides resources for runaways and those working with the runaway population.