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Senate Appropriations Considers FY18 HUD Funding
This week the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee released some details on their Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 HUD funding levels. While these numbers are not final, they do represent the starting point in the Senate. A few notable highlights include: $73 million increase to $2.456 billion for McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Grants $1.07 billion increase to $21.365 billion for Tenant-Based (Section 8) Housing Choice Vouchers $3.6 million for the operation of the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH), and an elimination of the agency’s sunset date. To read more from the appropriates committee, click here.
5 Things You Can Do NOW to Help Homeless Youth Have a Positive School Year
It’s the dog days of summer so most of us don’t even have school on our radars.  But August is the perfect time to start planning for the year ahead.  Education is the key to realizing an independent and healthy adulthood. It sets up access to opportunities for employment and career pathways. If you support a young person who is homeless or unstably housed, then you know firsthand that having a positive educational experience can be elusive from some students.  School absences that result in knowledge gaps, transitions due to moving locations, access to clothing, hygiene and school supplies, unmet [Read further...]
Non-Profit Funding, Events, & Job Postings for August 2017
Non-Profit Funding, Events, & Job Postings for August 2017 Be a 2018 Global Youth Service Day Lead Agency Youth Service America  is accepting applications for the 2018 Global Youth Service Day Lead Agency program. With the generous support of State Farm, the program offers organizations funding, recognition, and ongoing training to organize high-impact, high-visibility youth-led projects for Global Youth Service Day (April 20-22, 2018). As the official organizer of GYSD in their region, GYSD Lead Agencies build a coalition of K-12 schools, youth development organizations, and community-based organizations in their region to activate youth, ages 5-25, to acquire 21st Century [Read further...]
ICYMI: Announcing The Connection 2017 Catalysts
Links: Tickets | Connection 2017 Home Page Launched in 2014, Connection is more than an event; it’s an experience that convenes our community’s leading thinkers and doers to share ideas that make a difference in the lives of the communities that we serve. To curate these thought leaders, we rely on a brain trust of Catalysts who have their fingers on the pulse of the field. With Connection 2017 just a few short months away, we are excited to announce the addition of Catalysts to the Connection 2017 experience! Catalysts support the Connection 2017 experience by sharing academic or practice-based innovations, identifying & crafting experiential content, cultivating critical voices, [Read further...]
American Bar Association launches National Homeless Youth Legal Network
Homeless youth in the United States remain a largely invisible segment of the homeless population, though researchers estimate that nearly eight percent of youths experience living on the streets. The importance of legal assistance for youth experiencing homelessness is paramount, and commendably, the American Bar Association (ABA) is working to fill the gap. The ABA is recognized as a leader in addressing the legal needs of vulnerable populations, including homeless youth. Lawyers play a critical role in improving outcomes for homeless youth by enforcing existing laws as well as advancing new policy and removing legal barriers to benefits, education, employment, [Read further...]
A Village of Support for LGBTQI Youth
In the face of a long list of challenges, LGBTQI youth are extremely resilient.  When they experience harassment in schools, youth programs, and other “safe” places, they join together to support one another. We also see this resilience emerge for LGBTQI youth who have experienced rejection from their families. Even though LGBTQI youth who have experienced rejection from their families are: 8 times more likely to report having attempted suicide, Nearly 6 more times as likely to report high levels of depression, More than 3 times as likely to use illegal drugs, and 3 times as likely to be at [Read further...]
Non-Profit Funding, Events, & Job Postings for July 2017
Funding HHS Invites Proposals for Look Beneath the Surface Regional Anti-Trafficking Program The LBS Program will serve as a focal point in targeted geographic areas and focus on the identification and referral of foreign and/or domestic victims of severe forms of trafficking in persons as defined by the Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000. Victim identification activities under the LBS Program include direct outreach to victims, anti-trafficking training and outreach to local professionals and organizations or entities that may encounter victims of trafficking, active participation in a strong multidisciplinary anti-trafficking coalition or task force, and strategic public awareness activities. Deadline: [Read further...]
Got Data? Just Released Resources Share Data on Children and Youth Well-Being and Education
How are States doing when it comes to child well-being? Are children who are homeless graduating? Has the number of teen child births increased? Each year the Annie E Casey  Foundation updates its Kids Count compendium of state by state indicators of child wellbeing. Kids Count 2017 is released along with another data resource that examines graduation of homeless youth.  Released by SchoolHouse Connection, Civic Enterprises, America’s Promise Alliance, and the Institute for Children, Poverty, & Homelessness (ICPH),  50 state progress reports summarizes available state-level data on the education of children and youth experiencing homelessness, from early childhood through postsecondary [Read further...]
National Foster Care Month Comes To A Close
As National Foster Care Month comes to a close, it is a great time to reflect on the progress we have made as a youth service community and to look to the future to anticipate the work that WILL need to be done. June marks National LGBT Pride Month, and in light of this, it is important to note that research has shown that LGBTQ youth are overrepresented in the foster care system – many having faced family rejection around their sexual orientation, gender identity or expression. The Human Rights Campaign has created a wonderful and informative #FosterEquality campaign, which [Read further...]
In Celebration of National LGBT Pride Month
In Celebration of National LGBT Pride Month June marks National LGBT Pride Month, which is celebrated each year in the month of June to honor the 1969 Stonewall riots in New York City. In June of 1969, patrons and supporters of the Stonewall Inn staged an uprising to resist the police harassment and persecution to which LGBT Americans were commonly subjected. This uprising marked the beginning of a movement to outlaw discriminatory laws and practices against LGBT Americans. Today, LGBT Pride Month celebrations include pride parades, picnics, parties, workshops, symposia and concerts, and these events attract millions of participants around the world. Despite [Read further...]