SchoolHouse Connection: More Than 1 in 3 High School Students Experiencing Homelessness Attempted Suicide
The Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) was first developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in 1990 to assess the health risk behaviors of youth and adults in the United States. For the first time since the survey has been widely administered, the 2017 YRBS optional question list included two questions pertaining to homelessness. SchoolHouse Connection analyzed demographic and risk factor data from the YRBS in 17 states, comparing high school students experiencing homelessness and those not experiencing homelessness. Read the results and analysis here.
The 30th edition of the KIDS COUNT® Data Book – a data study that is based on U.S. Census and other publicly available data, represents all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, and is the most comprehensive annual report on child well-being – was recently released by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. Access the full data book here.
The National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC) recently released "Out of Reach 2019," which documents the disparity between wages and rents across the country and demonstrates why decent housing is out of reach for minimum wage workers. Click here to read the full report.
SchoolHouse Connection’s analysis of the Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) data from 17 states found that young people experience homelessness at an even higher rate than currently reported by the U.S. Department of Education. As many as one million students experiencing homelessness are not receiving services they need and to which they are entitled under the federal McKinney-Vento Act. Read the brief here.
Thank you to everyone who attended, supported, and donated to our 2019 East Bay Brew and BBQ fundraiser. Together, we raised over $65,000 to support our educational programs with homeless and highly mobile children in the Bay Area.
Thank you to our event sponsors
Thank you to our beer sponsors
Thank you to our wine donor
Thank you to Fentons ice cream
Thank you One, Two, Smile! Photo Booth!
New this year - attendees enjoyed a photo booth at the fundraiser thanks to One, Two, Smile! Photo Booth. Attendees had so much fun at the photo booth and Christian at One, Two, Smile! was great to work with. Christian made a custom template for the printouts, making a nicely branded souvenir for attendees!
As reported by the National Alliance to End Homelessness "The most recent Annual Homeless Assessment Report to Congress reveals that nearly half (48%) of all homeless individuals are unsheltered—living in their cars, on the streets, or in some other place not meant for human habitation." The Annual Homeless Assessment Report (AHAR) is a HUD report to the U.S. Congress that provides nationwide estimates of homelessness, including information about the demographic characteristics of homeless persons, service use patterns, and the capacity to house homeless persons. The report is based on Homeless Management Information Systems (HMIS) data about persons who experience homelessness during a 12-month period, point-in-time counts of people experiencing homelessness on one day in January, and data about the inventory of shelter and housing available in a community. Access the full report here: Annual Homeless Assessment Report to Congress.
The Bay Area Council Economic Institute recently released "Bay Area Homelessness: A Regional View of a Regional Crisis." The report includes homelessness data from across the Bay Area, as well as causes of and recommended responses to the homelessness crisis in the region. Access the full report here.
"By virtually every measure, the Bay Area’s homeless crisis ranks among the worst in the United States. The Bay Area has the third largest population of people experiencing homelessness (28,200) in the U.S., behind only New York City (76,500) and Los Angeles (55,200), according to Point-in-Time counts. The Bay Areaalso shelters a smaller proportion of its homeless (33 percent) than any metropolitan area in the U.S. besides Los Angeles (25 percent), making the crisis highly visible across the region."
The Hope Center for College, Community, and Justice recently released a report based on the results of the #RealCollege survey administered at nearly half of the schools in California’s Community College system in the fall of 2016 and 2018. Almost 40,000 students at 57 California Community Colleges participated. The results indicate that 50% of respondents were food insecure in the prior 30 days; 60% of respondents were housing insecure in the previous year; and 19% of respondents were homeless in the previous year. Read the full report here.
"Sixty percent of survey respondents experienced housing insecurity in the previous year.... The most commonly reported challenges were experiencing a rent or mortgage increase (32%), not paying the full cost of utilities (28%), and not paying the full amount of their rent or mortgage (28%)."
Education Leads Home (a collaborative effort by SchoolHouse Connection; Civic; the Institute for Children, Poverty and Homelessness; and America’s Promise Alliance) released the first-ever state-level look at high school graduation rates for homeless students. The paper reports data from 26 states. To learn more and read the report, click here.
A report from How Housing Matters looks at the increase in unsheltered homelessness that many US cities experienced in 2018 and includes possible solutions to unsheltered homelessnes. To access the report, click here.
"This spike in the number of unsheltered nonchronically homeless individuals may indicate that many were experiencing homelessness for the first time. Not coincidentally, these jurisdictions also have low vacancy rates and few available units for those at or below the extremely low–income threshold." - Aaron Shroyer