Homeless high school students across the country reported significantly higher rates of negative health and social outcomes than their housed peers across a variety of indicators, according to this new report from ICPH. From relationship violence and sexual risk behaviors to substance use and negative school climates, No Longer Hidden: The Health and Well Being of Homeless High School Students underscores that the overall health and safety of students experiencing homelessness is at risk. The report explores self-reported data from the 2017 Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS), which is administered every other year to high school students by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Supportive school climates—schools that cultivate connections with students and foster feelings of safety and security—have been proven to enhance academic and mental health outcomes of students and can help homeless high schoolers overcome the obstacles they face due to housing instability. This new report examines perceptions on school engagement, safety, and environment among homeless high school students and their cumulative impact on the academic and mental health outcomes of these students.
ICPH Infographics

One in 12 high school students experienced homelessness during the 2016–17 school year. This infographic explores the range of serious mental, emotional, and physical health risks they face, the consequences of which can last well beyond high school.

Homeless high school students were bullied at 2x the rate of their housed peers. To mark Bullying Prevention Month in October, ICPH released this infographic on the impact of bullying on the mental health and education of these students.
ICPH in the News
Kansas City Star

ICPH data on the number of students experiencing homelessness nationally was cited in an article about student homelessness in Kansas City, Kansas and the supports provided by the McKinney-Vento Act.
Renton Reporter

Data on the likelihood of dropping out of school among students experiencing homelessness was cited in an article about student homelessness in South Dakota.

October Was Domestic Violence Awareness Month
October Was Bullying Prevention Month

The keynote speakers for the plenary sessions on Thursday, January 16, and Friday, January 17 have been announced.