This blog entry, written by Deborah Delisle, Assistant Secretary for Elementary and Secondary Education within the Department of Education, highlights the resilience of the young people honored as recipients of the National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth’s LeTendre Education Fund Scholarship. It also discusses the importance of supporting the education of youth experiencing homelessness.
The National Clearinghouse on Families and Youth recently profiled The United States Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH) Funding and Programs List, which outlines which federal departments have programs that help prevent and end homelessness and includes programs specifically designed to assist homeless youth.
The Department of Health and Human Services’ National Clearinghouse on Families and Youth is featuring information on its website for individuals who work in youth shelters who want to help other staff get used to a “low-barrier” approach, meaning young people are not turned away because they have been drinking or using drugs.
The Home Free program from the National Runaway Safeline is intended for youth who are ready to go home. Youth can contact the Safeline to discuss how to approach their families and return home for free.
This article aims to help youth-serving professionals prepare for the Department of Housing and Urban Development's annual point-in-time count, during which estimates are made about the number of homeless youth in the community.