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November is National Runaway Prevention Month

November is National Runaway Prevention Month, which brings awareness and extends prevention measures to the many youth who runaway every year. This month is also an opportunity to spotlight the available resources for runaway youth who find themselves in crisis. During the month of November, individuals, organizations, and communities across the nation are encouraged to

Challenges & Opportunities in Addressing Rural Youth Homelessness

Last month, Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago released a report titled "Challenges & Opportunities in Addressing Rural Youth Homelessness," containing a qualitative study building on an earlier brief conducted in 2018. According to the report, this study "builds on the findings from the earlier brief to explore the unique challenges that rural communities

320,000 More Children Lose Health Care Coverage

According to a new report by the Georgetown University Health Policy Institute, the number of uninsured children grew by 320,000 in 2019 to a total of 4.4 million children. The report, Children’s Uninsured Rate Rises by Largest Annual Jump in More Than a Decade, finds that since the start of the Trump Administration, 726,000 children have

COVID-19 Ripple Effect in New York on Children

The United Hospital Fund collaborated with Boston Consulting Group on the new report, COVID-19 Ripple Effect: The Impact of COVID-19 on Children in New York State, that showed that 4,200 children in New York State have lost a parent to COVID-19 between March and July of this year. In addition, 325,000 children were pushed into or

CWLA Joins HRC’S Project THRIVE

In response to the CDC’s 2019 Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance (YRBS) data released in August 2020, “the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) foundation analyzed the data and found that lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) youth are living in a state of crisis.” The HRC’s Project THRIVE aims to build the knowledge, skills, and capacities

Educating Homeless Students During COVID-19

On Wednesday, October 14, SchoolHouse Connection hosted a Congressional briefing titled “Educating Homeless Children and Youth During COVID-19”. The briefing included several panelists, including Congressmen Jimmy Panetta (D-CA) and Don Bacon (R-NE). The bipartisan Congressional briefing also featured four local educational agency homeless liaisons experts, John Bright from Omaha Public Schools in Nebraska, Ayesha Buckner

Mixed Signals from President, Clear Signal from Federal Reserve, Next COVID Package?

Last week on Tuesday, October 6, 2020, Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell told members of the National Association for Business Economics that there needs to be more stimulus, telling members, “Too little support would lead to a weak recovery, creating unnecessary hardship for households and businesses.” Shortly after giving a boost to the discussions that

Leaked I.G. Report Details Strategy to Separate Children at Border

According to an October 7, 2020 report in the New York Times, an upcoming Inspector General (IG)’s report will show that top Justice Department Officials, in May 2018, including the Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, pressed local U.S. Attorneys to prosecute and separate families for prosecution no matter how young the

HUD Expands the Foster Youth to Independence Initiative

On Tuesday, October 6, HUD’s Secretary Ben Carson issued a notice expanding the Foster Youth to Independence (FYI) program to reach more youth aging out of foster care. The FYI program is an initiative of HUD that expanded and enhanced the existing Family Unification Program (FUP) to reach more youth leaving foster care. Both FUP

ACA Repeal: Why A Stand-Alone Pre-existing Condition Law Does Not Protect People

One of the most popular provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is that part of the law that prohibits insurance companies from denying health insurance coverage because a patient has a “pre-existing condition.” A pre-existing condition could cover any number of previous illnesses, health history, or other circumstances that insurance companies, before the ACA,

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