When 13 young adults who had experienced homelessness met at the U.S. Capitol for a briefing of congressional staffers, the message was simple. “Homeless people are still human beings…we deserve love, we deserve compassion, we deserve your help.” As part of the Education Leads Home campaign––a collaboration between SchoolHouse Connection, Civic Enterprises, the Institute for Children, Poverty and Homelessness, and America’s Promise Alliance––the event brought together youth from across the country who have experienced homelessness, most of whom chose to remain anonymous. Read more here.
Almost 60,000 families with children (57,971) are homeless on any given night in the United States, according to the 2017 federal Point-in-Time count. Nationally, that means 7.4 out of every 10,000 families are homeless. But family homelessness is not experienced equally across all states. For more information, click here.
Children Now recently published the 2018 California Children’s Report Card , which grades the state on its ability to support better outcomes for kids, from birth to age 26, through early childhood to higher education systems. Access the full report card here.
"Of California’s infants and toddlers, 62% are born into low-income households, yet only 14% of income-eligible infants and toddlers are enrolled in a publicly-supported child care program."
School House Connection has updated its comprehensive fact sheet on early childhood homelessness to include the most recent statistics and research on young children who are homeless. Access the resource here.
"Homeless children begin Head Start behind their low-income peers in cognitive, socio-emotional and physical development...The longer a young child experiences homelessness, the more that negative health outcomes are magnified, causing lifelong effects on the child, and in turn, the family and community."
As reported in the Guardian, "America’s homeless population has risen this year for the first time since the Great Recession, propelled by the housing crisis afflicting the west coast, according to a new federal study. The study has found that 553,742 people were homeless on a single night this year, a 0.7% increase over last year." For the full story, click here.
"Median hourly wages in the US have barely budged for decades, from $16.74 in 1973 to $17.86 in 2016, in terms of 2016 dollars, according to the Economic Policy Institute. But in New York, for instance, the hourly wage required to comfortably rent a one-bedroom is $27.29. In Los Angeles, it is $22.98." - Alastair Gee
Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago recently released the results of a groundbreaking national survey, Missed Opportunities: Youth Homelessness in America. According to the research findings, the lack of a high school degree or GED is the top risk factor for youth and young adult homelessness. In fact, youth without a high school degree or GED are 3.5 times more likely to experience homelessness than peers who completed high school.
As part of Girl Scout Troop 523's Silver Award Project in South Texas, the troop worked with Haven for Hope and created a video on what school aged children living in a homeless shelter experience when going to public schools and what public schools and students can do to help to minimize bad experiences. HEB produced the video.
Inequality in America is apparent by age 3: Most rich kids are in school, while most poor kids are not, according to a new book, “Cradle to Kindergarten: A New Plan to Combat Inequality.” Click here to read the full article and learn more about early educational inequality.
Click here to access a KALW article about the experiences of homeless students in Oakland Unified schools. Meet Naseem Bennett, read about his 2-hour commute to school, and learn why homeless students are less likely than any other group of students to graduate.
Today, the Enterprise Policy Development & Research team released a new report examining the connections between education and housing in providing opportunity. Creating Equitable Student Outcomes: How Housing and Education Policy are Intertwined looks at how segregation in education and housing prevents children across socioeconomic and racial/ethnic backgrounds from achieving the greatest possible academic success. It details the ways in which the United States has tried over the years to address disparities in academic achievement, and how housing policies and practices remain connected to those efforts. Access the report here.