This section includes resources for youth, parents, educators and community organizations. Resources include lists of available shelters, street outreaches, referral services, and transitional living centers, as well as training and technical assistance for educators working with homeless students.
The Ali Forney Center
The Ali Forney Center is a website illustrating all available shelters, their contact information and the program they offer across various states.
Best Practices and Model Programs
The National Center for Homeless Education provides resources for educators working with homeless students. Topics include extra-curricular programs, special education, immigrants and refugees, and higher education, among others.
Covenant House was founded 40 years ago, taking in homeless youth, offering them a hearty meal, a bed to sleep on and shelter over their head. Moreover, this house strives to move each kid forward down the path to an independent adulthood by offering services such as street outreach, health and medical care, GED high school program and other.
Department of Youth and Community Development
New York’s Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD) provides funding to community-based organizations that serve homeless and runaway youth. It lists street outreach and referral services, borough-based drop-in centers, crisis shelters, and transitional living centers.
Education of Homeless Children and Youth
The National Coalition for the Homeless discusses the prevalence of youth homelessness and policy recommendations to encourage school enrollment among homeless youth.
Education of Homeless Children and Youth Program
The U.S. Department of Education outlines policy changes following passage of the McKinney-Vento Act, which mandated equal access to education for homeless youth. Findings include the following: districts with McKinney sub-grants provide broader educational services than those that do not; students’ frequent moves between schools greatly hinder academic success; transportation to and from school remains a major barrier to educational achievement; homeless students struggle to access programs such as special education and Head Start.
This flowchart helps parents and children determine whether they are eligible for school enrollment under the McKinney-Vento Act. It provides information for families who have been turned down by public schools.
National Center on Family Homelessness
The National Center on Family Homelessness conducts research and advocates on behalf of homeless youth and family. In addition, they provide training and technical assistance to community organizations that work with homeless youth.
NCSL (National Conference of State Legislature)
NCSL stands for National Conference of State Legislature, a website that includes general information, recent studies and solutions on various social related issues such as homeless and runaway youth, drug abuse and others.
National Runaway Switchboard
Youth can call 1-800-RUNAWAY for assistance. The National Runaway Switchboard also offers resources for parents and educators, including a comprehensive curriculum to help runaway and at-risk youth make healthy and safe choices.
Programs and Resources for Youth Aging Out of Foster Care
This list includes regional and nationwide support organizations for youth that age out of foster care.
Runaway Homeless Youth Training and Technical Assistance Center – Resource Page
RHYTTAC's resource library with various information sheets, tips, guides and more for educators, families, and runaway and homeless youth. All resources cover topics spanning from positive youth Development, best practices in LGBTQ homeless youth, and more.
Stand Up For Kids
Stand Up for Kids is a shelter program taking in homeless teens across the nation, offering them a shelter and daily meals. Moreover, it offers a school program via the internet for homeless kids and teenagers.
Using the CACFP Program for Children in Homeless Shelters
The Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) offers reimbursements for shelters that provide meals to homeless children. Contact information for each state’s CACFP-related agency is included.
USG Positive Parenting Program for Homeless Families
This guide provides a framework for community organizations to implement effective education programs for homeless parents. Suggested curricula include parenting young children, parenting teenage children, parent-child literacy development, and positive communication skills.
Voices from the Street: A Survey of Homeless Youth by Their Peers
The California Research Bureau summarizes findings from interviews with homeless youth regarding their living arrangements, needs, and hopes for policy change.