Un-Housed and Unsupported: Homeless and Foster Youth in Higher Education.
CHCI White Paper
Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI).
Published: April 2016
This white paper discusses the challenges and barriers facing homeless and foster youth, the impact of housing insecurity on academic success and on postsecondary education, and the homeless and foster youth impact on the Latino community. It reviews homeless and foster youth current barriers under the Higher Education Act of 1965 (HEA), and issues in implementation of the HEA. Policy recommendations are then made and include four recommendations: enforce the obligations institutions have to provide access to aid for these students; require the Department of Education and institutions of higher education to better highlight benefits available to homes and foster care youth students; require institutions of higher education and federal aid organizations funded under HEA to disaggregate and publish their data on graduation, completion, retention, and debt rates by homes and foster youth; and encourage institutions of higher education to provide information to students on their ability to qualify for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or other food related benefits. The proposed Higher Education Access and Success for Homeless and Foster youth Act is discussed, as well as the benefits of these recommendations for Latinos and homeless and foster youth. The final section highlights promising programs across the country. 19 references.
postsecondary education; child welfare laws; education; foster adolescents; housing; homelessness; policy formation; child welfare reform; universities; homeless adolescents; Latinos