Understanding the Issue
Once a youth graduates high school or earn an equivalent degree, it can be difficult for them to continue their education. One of the first obstacles that homeless youth face once they complete their secondary education is the loss of attentive and helpful teachers, local homeless liaisons, or other school staff.
Homeless students face a number of challenges while pursuing postsecondary education.
They are often unaware of support available to them, including college advising and scholarships, according to the National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth.
The National Center for Homeless Education (NCHE) is the U.S. Department of Education's technical assistance center for the federal Education for Homeless Children and Youth (EHCY) Program. NCHE is housed at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
This NCHE issue brief explores how several colleges are supporting their homeless student populations with the intention of spotlighting promising practices that may be replicated at other post-secondary institutions across the country.
Infographic from NSVRC about the link between homeless youth and sexual violence.
This NCHE brief provides a better understanding of unaccompanied homeless youth and the educational and other challenges they face, a summary of federal education legislation that gives unaccompanied homeless youth access to important educational supports, and samples of promising practices implemented by high schools, colleges, and universities to assist unaccompanied homeless youth in succeeding in college.