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National and Colorado Higher Education Contacts for Unaccompanied Homeless Youth

NAEHCY Higher Education Helpline
1-855-446-2673 (toll-free)

The NAEHCY Higher Education Helpline provides assistance with issues related to students experiencing homelessness accessing higher education.

National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth website

National Center for Homeless Education (NCHE)

The Family Tree’s Higher Education Fund for Homeless Youth

The Family Tree’s Higher Education Fund for Homeless Youth was launched in August, 2011 to address barriers for homeless youth transitioning into higher education in Colorado, resulting from work by the Colorado Taskforce on Higher Education for Unaccompanied Youth Experiencing Homelessness. Family Tree administers the fund which is made possible by the generous donations of: an anonymous source ($8,000); in-kind staff support from Family Tree ($1,000); and gift card fee waivers from Western Union ($1,000).

SPOCs can complete and submit an application for this special one-time fund to help college students who are experiencing homelessness to purchase necessary items for school.  The Fund provides a maximum $100 gift card for students to purchase any of these items:

Allowable Expenditures:

    • School Supplies
    • Student ID’s
    • Vital Documents
    • Sheet Sets
    • Hygiene Items
    • Basic Need Items <$100

The application is very quick and easy, and you can request funding for more than one student at a time.  Access the application

You may want to have your students submit a written statement explaining what they need this funding for (in line with the “Allowable Expenditures” listed above).  You may also ask other college administrators and faculty to refer students to you.  Your request will be processed by Family Tree within 3-days, and the gift card will be mailed directly to you to give to the student.

Please take advantage of this great funding resource for your students who are experiencing homelessness.  If you have questions about Family Tree, please contact Public Relations and Marketing at (303) 422-2133.

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