for Connecticut youth in unstable housing situations

Author Heather Mosher

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 →

FREE LEGAL HELP FOR TEENS

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 →

Know your rights!

Helpful legal information regarding living options, school issues, health and benefits, and LGBTQ+ issues at speakupteens.org.


  NAEHCY is pleased to present their new document, The Most Frequently Asked Questions on the Educational Rights of Children & Youth in Homeless Situations . Produced in collaboration with the National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty, this document provides answers to frequently asked questions on the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act and the education rights of children and youth in homeless situations, based on the amendments made by the Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015, which took effect on October 1, 2016. View the NAEHCY: The Most Frequently Asked Questions on the Educational Rights of Children & Youth in Homeless Situations.

Helpful legal information regarding living options, school issues, health and benefits, and LGBTQ+ issues at speakupteens.org.   NAEHCY is pleased to present their new document, The Most Frequently Asked Questions on the Educational Rights of Children & Youth in Homeless Situations …. Continue Reading →

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