Home for the Holidays 2015
Five Ways to Help Homeless and Foster Youth During Academic Breaks
Most students experiencing homelessness and students from foster care don’t have families to return to during academic breaks. Instead of enjoying the warmth of home and family, they scramble for a place to stay, often hiding their situation due to embarrassment. The fear of homelessness during breaks creates tremendous stress, preventing students from focusing on schoolwork. Be part of the solution by helping your community develop a plan for assisting these vulnerable young people to have safe, stable housing over breaks.
3. Tell Us: What is your community doing to help homeless and foster youth during breaks? We’d love to hear from you. Please take our online survey and let us know!
Please note: Unfortunately, NAEHCY is not able to provide direct assistance with housing or shelter. To find out about housing options on your campus or in your community, please:
- Contact your campus housing office
- Contact the National Runaway Safeline for phone, text, or chat help.
- Visit the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's Resource page
- Visit the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Family and Youth Services Bureau page.
For more information about homelessness and higher education, please visit NAEHCY's homelessness and higher education page.