© 2019 by Nicole Steward, MSW 

Podcast Episode 8: Back to School for Homeless Youth-How you can help!

August 25, 2018

It's Back to School time! Whether you're getting your own kids ready to go back to school or you're going back to school yourself (as a student or an educator), you know the drill...school supply shopping, getting that new first-day-of-school outfit, and preparing for the first day.

 

While this is a time of excitement and new changes, for our homeless students, back to school time is one of anxiety and hardship.  

 

In this episode l share information about the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act, the Federal guideline for schools to identify, enroll and support homeless students and their families.  The homeless definition in the McKinney-Vento Act is a broader than being literally homeless, on the street without a roof over your head...families can qualify for services if they lack a "fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence".  

 

The term "homeless children and youths" also includes:

 

  • children and youths who are sharing the housing of other persons due to loss of housing, economic hardship, or a similar reason;
     

  • are living in motels, hotels, trailer parks, or camping grounds due to the lack of alternative adequate accommodations;
     

  • are living in emergency or transitional shelters; or are abandoned in hospitals;
     

  • children and youths who have a primary nighttime residence that is a public or private place not designed for or ordinarily used as a regular sleeping accommodation for human beings;
     

  • children and youths who are living in cars, parks, public spaces, abandoned buildin

     

    gs, substandard housing, bus or train stations, or similar settings; and 
     
  • migratory children

In this episode I share a few ways you can help homeless youth in your school or in a school near you.  I would love to know if you end up taking one of these suggestions at your own school or a school near you.  And as I mention in the podcast, I'm always taking donations for the homeless youth I serve. :)

 

 

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Thank you so much for listening to this episode and THANK YOU for subscribing to The Steward Project podcast!  Until next time...

 

XO

nicole

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