Do you have a home for the Holidays? Many young people don’t. America’s homeless and former foster youth enter colleges and universities and on average graduate at a much lower rate than their non-homeless peers.
A lack of housing during all breaks and no familial or community support are the most commonly cited reasons for a low college graduation rate. Educational outcomes can greatly improve for these homeless and former foster youth with the support of year-round housing on campuses.
Homeless and former foster youth are heroes who entered higher education in spite of childhoods often marked by instability and trauma. Acceptance to a college or university and moving into a college dorm is only the beginning of these young people’s higher education career. Just like their peers who have involved families and homes to visit during breaks, these young people need housing during breaks and consistent community support as they traverse adolescence in college.
Higher education institutions should prioritize identifying students that are homeless and formerly in foster care. Then, the institution should provide special support and housing for these students so they are not homeless and hungry during breaks.
With our partners at the National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth (NAEHCY) and National Center for Housing and Child Welfare (NCHCW) we have pulled out five things that Colleges and Universities can do to help homeless and foster youth avoid homelessness during breaks.
Share this two page flyer with colleges and universities that you are connected to and encourage campuses to provide A HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS!! You can download the flyer HERE.