Higher Education Briefing – Sara Garcia
Un-housed and Unsupported: Homeless and Foster Youth In Higher Education
April 20, 2016
Cannon House Office Building – Room 122
11:15 am - 12:30 pm
Moderated by CHCI Higher Education Graduate Fellow Sara Garcia
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According to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development 2014 Annual Homeless Assessment Report, 86.1 percent of the unaccompanied homeless youth populations are between the ages of 18-24. In addition, data from the Kids Count Data Center indicate that the number of Latino youth in the foster care system is growing, as well as the amount of Latino youth left without a home or in state care. For that reason, there is a significant and unique need to ensure that these disenfranchised youth have the resources needed to access higher education and achieve academic success.
This briefing will discuss the need to fund policies, such as the Higher Education Access and Success for Homeless and Foster Youth Act that would ultimately support additional resources for institutions of higher education to adequately serve homeless and foster youth.
Aissa Canchola - Policy Advisor, U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions
Barbara Duffield - Director of Policy and Programs, National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth
Eric Masten - Director of Public Policy, National Network for Youth