Homeless children and youth report that school is a home to them – a place where they see the same faces, sit in the same seat, and can put their hearts and minds into pursuits that ease their daily troubles. In school, students gain the skills and support needed to avoid poverty and homelessness as adults.

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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.

1. Take Action: Five Ways to Help Homeless and Foster Youth During Academic Breaks

2. Learn More: Examples of Campuses with Housing Supports for Homeless and Foster Youth During 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:

For more information about homelessness and higher education, please visit NAEHCY's homelessness and higher education page.

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