MA Post-secondary Homeless Students Network

In 2013, The Office of Urban and Off-Campus Support Services (U-ACCESS) at the University of Massachusetts in Boston joined forces with the Massachusetts Appleseed Center for Law and Justice to establish the Massachusetts Homeless Post-Secondary Students Network. The Network is comprised of diverse stakeholders who share the common purpose of preparing and supporting homeless youth to transition from high school and succeed within post-secondary education settings.  The group acts as a think tank to identify systemic barriers, advocate for policy changes, and develop programs and best practices to facilitate meaningful access to post-secondary education for youth at risk for homelessness, youth subject to chronic poverty, and youth experiencing homelessness.

The Network’s steering committee includes Massachusetts Appleseed Center, U-ACCESS at UMass Boston, Executive Office of Community Colleges, Boston University’s Department of Social Work, The Home for Little Wanderers, Rediscovery, Schools on Wheels, Bridgewater State University, Framingham State University, Greenfield Community College, Salem State University, MA Department of Children and Families, MA Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, MA Department of Higher Education, MA Department of Mental Health, and National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth.

As part of the national awareness and advocacy effort, MA network works closely with the National Association of Education for Homeless Children and Youth.