Prior to the coronavirus outbreak, public schools and early childhood programs reported the highest number of children and youth experiencing homelessness on record. These numbers are expected to rise in the wake of the economic crisis. This series of Congressional briefings will examine the current state of child, youth, and family homelessness, including the impact of COVID-19, long-standing racial disparities and equity challenges, gaps in current policies, and various legislative proposals. These unique briefings will provide youth perspectives, parent perspectives, and provider perspectives.

BRIEFING # 1: YOUTH VOICES
July 14, 2020 at 2:00 PM Eastern

U.S. Rep Don Bacon (R-Nebraska)Rep. John Yarmuth (D-Kentucky)The briefing is a facilitated discussion with six young people about their experiences prior to and during the coronavirus pandemic.

Special Guests: U.S.Representatives John Yarmuth (D-KY) and Don Bacon (R-NE)

Panelists:

  • Christine Delianne, Stanford University, Stanford, CA
  • Han Johnson, Weber State University, Ogden, UT
  • Christian Alexander, Washington University, St Louis, MO
  • Anthony O’Leary, University of California, Los Angeles, CA
  • Yesenia Garcia, Heritage University, Toppenish, WA

Moderator: Jordyn Roark, Director of Youth Leadership and Scholarships, SchoolHouse Connection

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BRIEFING # 2: PARENT VOICES
Thursday, July 16, 2020 at 2:00 PM Eastern

Rep. Steve Stivers (R-Ohio)Rep. Danny Davis (D-Illinois)The briefing is a facilitated discussion with three parents about their experiences prior to and during the coronavirus pandemic.

Special Guests: U.S.Representatives Steve Stivers (R-OH) and Danny K. Davis (D-IL)

Panelists:

  • April Goode, Chatham, NJ
  • Freda Mason, Cincinnati, OH
  • Julie Campos, Chicago, IL
  • Destiny Hodges, New Orleans, LA

Moderator: Yorri Berry, Director of Youth Partnerships, National Network for Youth

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BRIEFING # 3: PROVIDER VOICES
Thursday, July 22, 2020 at 4:30 PM Eastern

Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska)The briefing is a facilitated discussion with family and youth service providers about their experiences serving children, youth, and families experiencing homelessness during the coronavirus pandemic, and how the Emergency Family Stabilization Act would bring urgent relief through the systems and programs to which youth and families are most connected.

Special Guests: U.S. Senators Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and Joe Manchin (D-WV)

Panelists:

  • Alison Kear, Chief Executive Officer, Covenant House Alaska
  • Brennon D. Graham, President and Chief Executive Officer, Growing Home Southeast, Inc., South Carolina
  • David Baker, Youth System Navigator, YMCA Youth & Family Services, San Diego, CA
  • Melissa Douglas, Liaison, Kansas City Public Schools, MO
  • Charlotte Kinzley, Liaison, Minneapolis Public Schools, MN
  • Kim Martin, Children’s Services Director, Head Start and Early Head Start, North Central WV Community Action Association, Inc., Clarksburg, WV
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