Resources for Homeless Students

Ten Resources for Working
With Students Experiencing Homelessness

Resources for Homeless StudentsStudents 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.

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National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth (NAEHCY)

  1. 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.
  2. Housing + High School = Success Schools and Communities Uniting to House Unaccompanied Youth. This publication offers an overview of innovative housing programs and services to help unaccompanied youth complete secondary school and pursue higher education.

National Center for Homeless Education

  1. A McKinney-Vento Toolbox: Constructing a Robust and Rigorous Homeless Education Program, in Case of Disaster and Every Day. This toolbox was developed following the 2005 Gulf Coast hurricanes.
  2. Classrooms with Revolving Doors: Recommended Practices for Teachers of At-Risk and Highly Mobile Students Elementary Schools and Middle Level and High School. These issue briefs highlight the challenges teachers face in addressing the needs of students experiencing homelessness.
  3. Collaborations of Schools and Social Service Agencies. This report analyzes examples of schools and social service agencies collaborating to assist children experiencing homelessness.
  4. Educating Homeless Children and Youth: Conducting Needs Assessments and Evaluating Services – A Guide for SEAs, LEAs, and Local Schools. This publication aims to help school district personnel strengthen current procedures for needs assessments, program evaluation, and data collection to improve homeless education programs.
  5. Homeless Education Issue Briefs. This series of briefs cover all aspects of the McKinney-Vento Act and implementation strategies.

National Runaway Safeline

  1. 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.

Massachusetts Advocates for Children

  1. Helping Traumatized Children Learn: Supportive School Environments for Children Traumatized by Family Violence. This report examines how children exposed to family violence can be successful in school. With the proper support and environment, all children are able to learn.

The National Center on Family Homelessness

  1. What About You? A Workbook for Those Who Work with Others. Sometimes those who work with others can experience burnout and forget to take care of themselves.