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Title: Housing High School = Success: Successful Host Home Programs


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Housing High School SuccessSuccessful Host
Home Programs
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NAEHCY
  • National membership association dedicated to
    educational excellence for children and youth
    experiencing homelessness, from early childhood
    through higher education.
  • Local Youth Task Forces, State Higher Ed
    Networks, Early Childhood Committee
  • Technical assistance on policy implementation.
  • Bringing your voices to Congress and state
    legislatures.
  • Youth leadership and support.

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    phone when we break for questions.

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Host Homes for Unaccompanied Youth
  • A model for community collaboration

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HYI
  • Kathi Sheffel
  • Homeless Liaison Fairfax County Public Schools
  • Judith Dittman
  • Executive Director Alternative House

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Homeless Youth Initiative
  • Young people who attend high school, are homeless
    and do not have the support of a parent or
    guardian are in a precarious situation. Without
    stable housing concentrating on education is
    difficult. Finding a place to study, sufficient
    food to eat and medical care are all issues.
    Adult homeless shelters are not a good option for
    young people who are 18 to 21 and still in
    school.

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Understanding the need
  • Homeless Adult Shelters are by design, not for
    high school students. In order for minimal
    disruption educationally in spite of
    homelessness, students need a consistent place to
    stay where they can focus on school. Adult
    shelters do not offer that regular nighttime
    residence. Frequently, they offer a night to
    night possibility of a place to sleep, requiring
    hyper vigilance on the part of the student
    regarding basic needs and personal safety. This
    housing is so very far removed from that of the
    regular student population at school, the student
    is a further risk of disengaging from peers and
    becoming isolated with homelessness.

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Identification and Referral
  • FCPS Homeless office assists the School Social
    Worker in identifying HYI candidates.
  • SSW assists the student with the application to
    HYI
  • HYI reviews each application, interviews student,
    and
  • Makes the appropriate housing placement

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Host Homes
  • Involvement in the life of the teen will be
    dependent on the student and the Host Home and an
    agreement about house rules will also be defined
    by two parties. The Host Home Coordinator will
    visit with the family once a month to ensure
    things are going smoothly. The student will also
    receive support from the staff.

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Janet Lane House
  • Home for Teen Girls
  • A four bedroom home in Vienna is available to
    house four young women who are enrolled in FCPS.
    Supervision is provided 24 hours a day. Students
    must be screened by a therapist.

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Host Home Rental Subsidies
  • A rental subsidy program to assist students at
    risk of losing their housing (renting a room) or
    provided to help secure housing requires that
    students secure employment and be able to live
    independently. As with the other programs, they
    must apply for the program and participate in a
    meeting with the therapist to determine
    eligibility. They will receive ongoing support
    from the Alternative House staff.

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Rental Subsidy
  • The Alternative House Housing/Program Coordinator
    will match the young person with appropriate
    housing. In many cases this will be a room in a
    home located near the school the young person
    attends. By using this arrangement there are
    three benefits
  • A family that may be stretching to make their
    mortgage payment receives that small additional
    income that keeps them in their home
  • The young person has a safe, stable living
    arrangement close to the social supports he or
    she has developed and
  • The school district does not incur the cost of
    transporting the young person from a remote
    shelter to their high school.

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Handling issues
  • Working out barriers that arise
  • Program fluidity and improvement

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School Partnership What does that really mean?
  • Meetings and more meetings.why we need them
  • and how they actually help our kids!
  • Collaborating with County Leadership
  • Awareness building
  • Maintaining stamina and patience
  • Common responses How to handle them.

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Last year I took in a foreign exchange student
from Palmyra
  • Roadmap to Graduation

Beth McCullough M.A., L.L.P. Homeless Education
Coordinator Adrian Public Schools, Adrian, MI
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1. Identifying the problem
  • Gather data tell the story
  • Needs assessments
  • What are the resources?
  • What are the holes?
  • Who is already working with this population?
  • Know what committees you need to be on.

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  • 2. The Homeless Youth Committee
  • Department of Human Services
  • Child Protective Services
  • Criminal Justice
  • Community Mental Health
  • Runaway and Homeless Youth contractor
  • Shelters
  • Continuum of Care
  • Faith Community
  • Employment agencies
  • Special education directors

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  • 3. Roadmap to Graduation
  • Find a community partner
  • Mentor homes, mentoring 7 days a week, 24 hours a
    day.
  • Seniors on track to graduate
  • Power of Attorney if under 18
  • Use family and friends as well as recruiting
    homes old foster care homes
  • Monthly stipend

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Funding
  • Service clubs Rotary, Kiwanis, etc.
  • Faith based funding
  • Mentoring funding
  • Individual contributions
  • Drop out prevention
  • Suicide prevention
  • LGBT groups

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Cost of Teen Pregnancy
  • 1,430 The average annual cost to taxpayers
    associated with a child born to a teen mother
    aged 19 and younger.
  • 4,080 The average annual cost to taxpayers
    associated with a child born to a teen mother
    aged 17 and younger.
  • 8.6 billion The public costs of childbearing
    to teens aged 17 and younger.
  • The National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy,
    www.teenpregnancy.org/costs

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Cost of dropping out of high school
  • A new report out by the Alliance for Excellent
    Education (November 18, 2009) states the nations
    economy would have benefited from almost 335
    billion in additional income if the high school
    students that dropped out of the Class of 2009
    had graduated. Over 292,000 is the cost incurred
    by taxpayers for each dropout over their lifetime
    in terms of lost earnings and therefore lower
    taxes paid and higher spending for social costs
    including incarceration, health care, and
    welfare.

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The cost of 1 student in Roadmap to Graduation
  • 300 a month
  • 2700 a year
  • What is graduation worth?

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Success Rate
  • 100 Graduation rate
  • 87 attend college
  • 100 employment rate

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Unaccompanied student initiative
  • Strong Families Action Team

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Host Home Program
  • Housed under Catholic Charities of Wyoming
  • Catholic Charites provides case management to the
    youth
  • Host family if needed
  • Stipend is provided to youth
  • Small portion is given to host family
  • Youth Initiated program

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Host Home Funding
  • Medicaid
  • Catholic Charities is paid by Medicaid for case
    management
  • Cheyenne Regional Medical Center
  • Community Board Grant pays for stipend

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USI Funding
  • Private Donors
  • United Way of Laramie County
  • Banks
  • CDBG Funds
  • Womens Civic League
  • Foundations
  • Medicaid
  • Community Hospital

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USI Funding Takeaways
  • Educate your community
  • Informational Dinner with key stakeholders
  • Regular Newsletter
  • Social Media
  • Talk to private donors to gain information on
    what they want to see when they donate
  • Budget in marketing material
  • Ownership of program
  • Transparency
  • List of options to give
  • Skills
  • Money for specific line item
  • Make the ASK!!

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