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National Homeless Youth Awareness Month


November was first declared as National Homeless Youth Awareness Month in 2007. Since then, November has been a time to acknowledge those children and families experiencing homelessness. Every year, hundreds of thousands of American families become homeless, including more than 2.5 million children. Along with losing their home, community, friends, and routines as well as their sense of stability and safety, many homeless youths are also victims of trauma. While trying to survive on the streets, youth are exposed to countless dangers, with an increased likelihood of substance abuse, early parenthood, impulsivity, depression, posttraumatic stress disorder, and a vulnerability to being trafficked.

What is McKinney-Vento

A Federal Law was reauthorized in 2002 to ensure educational rights and protections for children and youth experiencing homelessness.

Ensures that all children and youth experiencing homelessness have access to public education.

What are the benefits and resources of identification within Durham Public Schools?

  • Tutorial services
  • Transportation to and from the school of origin
  • School supplies
  • Graduation attire
  • Homeless unaccompanied youth college letter
  • Referrals to community
  • Housing list
  • Other Provisions of services that will support the success of a child in school
  • Access to the Family Resource Closet

If you are interested in contributing to the Family Resource Closet or becoming a sponsor please reach out to Ebony Ross at (919) 560-3927 or