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for Connecticut youth in unstable housing situations

Ending Youth Homelessness: A Toolkit for Connecticut Schools

This School Toolkit is a guide to involving schools in ending youth homelessness in Connecticut. Communities across the state are beginning to intensify their efforts to commit resources, build collaboration, and utilize proven strategies to address the important issue of youth… Continue Reading →

Paths to Higher Education

Accessing Higher Education Step 1: Getting Ready to Apply for College Step 2: Acing the College Application Step 3: Navigating Financial Aid & Scholarships

Voices of Homeless Youth

The Voice Homeless Youth in Connecticut.   During the 2015 Youth Count, 3,000 youth were identified as homeless in Connecticut. Over 40% indicated that they had no permanent place to live for over a year, and 30% of females indicated… Continue Reading →

McKinney-Vento Liaison

What is a McKinney-Vento Liaison? Every school district has a homeless liaison who is in charge of helping to find and connect students to special services offered by the McKinney-Vento Act. You can read more about what legal rights the… Continue Reading →

The legal rights of unstably housed youth in school: a toolkit to raise awareness in Connecticut

The federal McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act requires all school districts provide children and youth experiencing housing instability access to a public education and assistance to assure success in school. This includes the rights regarding school choice, immediate enrollment, and transportation. The overarching… Continue Reading →

Information and resources for youth in unstable housing situations in Connecticut.  

Statistics on Housing Instability among Youth in Connecticut

The most recent state-wide count in 2015 identified 3,000 unstably housed youth ages 14-24 in Connecticut.  Housing instability was defined as having no secure ‘rights of tenancy’ (for themselves or through a parent/guardian) including, but not limited to those living in shelters, transitional housing… Continue Reading →

PSA Video Activity & Lesson Plans

Below are three short films highlighting the legal rights of homeless youth. For discussion guides for each of these films, click here. Youth Lesson Plans The Institute for Community Research Summary of Work Youth Advisory Lesson Plan Youth Rights in… Continue Reading →

Online Maps of Youth Resources in Connecticut

Online maps are available that identify the array of educational, health, civic, recreational, and social services currently available across Connecticut to young people ages 14-24.  Please click on links below to view specific maps: Asset map of youth services in Connecticut…. Continue Reading →


The Center for Children’s Advocacy recently opened a mobile legal office to provide free legal help for teens. It’s a safe, confidential place to get free advice from an attorney and information about services and support you can get. If you need help to stay in… Continue Reading →

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