Homelessness is Inextricably Connected to Hunger

Homelessness is inextricably connected to hunger. Families and youth stay hungry in order to stay housed; they eat less in order to pay rent. Once homeless, finding food or accessing meals becomes much more challenging. Moving from place to place, not having transportation or cooking facilities (or even a can opener) are all real barriers. Families and youth who stay with other people eat less, or not at all, in order not to get kicked out.

But when the pandemic took hold in the United States, children and youth experiencing homelessness lost that home, too; they lost the most stable places in their lives. Without school staff to notice potential signs of homelessness, many students went missing. Last fall, we partnered with the University of Michigan on a national survey that found a 28% decrease in the numbers of McKinney-Vento children and youth compared to the previous fall — a drop of about 420,000 students. These numbers are cause for great concern, because if homeless children and youth are not identified by schools, they may not be enrolled or fed.

  • From wraparound service coordinators and host homes for homeless youth in Adams 12 Five Star Schools in Colorado
  • To dispatching school safety officers to deliver meals to homeless families in Lawton, OK
  • To statewide efforts in Massachusetts to ensure homeless families and youth receive Pandemic EBT.

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SchoolHouse in Session

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This is hub of expertise and stories to drive solutions around children, youth, and family homelessness. It is a project of SchoolHouse Connection.