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Education Among youth experiencing homelessNESS in america

The relationship between education attainment and homelessness is bidirectional.

Low educational attainment is a risk factor for homelessness*...

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Young adults with less than a high school diploma or GED were

4.5x

more likely to report experiencing homelessness than their peers who completed high school.

...and homelessness is a risk factor for lower education attainment.

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Young adults who experienced homelessness were less than

1/3

as likely to be enrolled in four-year college as stably housed peers.

Supporting young people’s housing stability makes it easier for them to focus on school and educational success. And supporting educational opportunity for young people experiencing homelessness increases long-term income and safety nets needed to make a sustainable exit from homelessness.

Housing matters. Education matters.
We need systemic solutions that address them both together.

Learn more about the importance of education for youth experiencing homelessness from Chapin Hall in its Missed Opportunities: Education Among Youth Experiencing Homelessness in America.

Learn more about the educational outcomes of students experiencing homelessness in California on the HETAC data webpage.