Homelessness Among Students Essay

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Among Students
Eva Shelton
Gen 409: General Education Capstone
Instructor: Carl Garrigus
October 13, 2014

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Homelessness: Among Students
There is a growing problem in our world today that some may not be aware of and it definitely needs some attention. The problem is homelessness among students. There are many obstacles associated with homelessness that could ...view middle of the document...

There are some federal grants and programs available to help homeless students however there is not enough money to keep up with the rising rate of students that are homeless. (Sparks, S. March, 2014) Through out this paper we will be looking at some of the reasons for homelessness and some solutions to assist this group of students in acquiring an appropriate education.

2.) Hallett,R.E.(2010) Homeless: How Residential Instability Complicates Students’ Lives. About Campus, 15 (3), 11-16 Retrieved from Ebsco host: October 13, 2014.
This article describes some of the barriers that students may face when secure and stable housing is absent. There are many barriers present that can have a negative effect on the educational success of a homeless student. They are exposed to things such as: violence, illegal substance abuse, and residential mobility. Many students are unable to work through these obstacles to pursue their educational goals. Often there is minimal financial support from the family with some federal, state, and institutional aid available. Some

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times the student feels an obligation to help the family and may use some of their financial aid to pay the bills or send money home creating a financial hardship for the student. Campus housing may be one way to stabilize daily living. There are also problems associated with campus living. The breaks and holidays must be considered and a place to stay during these breaks. For some a homeless shelter is the only option. Students need a quiet and safe place to be able to focus on school work and studying. Youth rarely identify with the term of homeless and shame permeates the life of a student without residential stability. Hallett, R.E., (2010)

3.) Hernandez, Jozefowicz- Simbeni ,D.M. & Israel, N. (2006) Services to Homeless Students and Families: The McKinney- Vento Act and its implications for School Social Work Practice. Children and Schools, 28(1), 37-44. Retrieved from Ebscohost.com October 13, 2014.
This article discusses a very important piece of legislature that was put into place to protect the rights of homeless students. The Stewart B. McKinney Homeless Assistance Act (P6 100-77) was first authorized to ensure that homeless students received the same quality and appropriate public school education that non homeless students received by addressing some of the barriers homeless children and adolescents face when enrolling and succeeding in school (U.S. Department of Education, 2001). It mandated that a designated state coordinator would promote educational access for homeless students. In 1990 and 1994, the law was amended to expand their services to pre school aged children
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