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Homeless Students and Education

According to data released by the Department of Justice, more than 1.7 million teenagers experience homelessness within the United States each year – a number that is considered low given students’ reticence to share details of their living situations. Education should be a basic right of every citizen, yet far too many students who find themselves without permanent housing aren’t aware of the wealth of resources available to them – both on campus and in their local communities. The following guide addresses this as well as other common barriers to academic success, current legislation, and meaningful ways that educators and administrators can make a difference for both K-12 and college students experiencing homelessness.

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