Author: HCEF

HCEF Call for Justice

HCEF Response to Current Events

Dear Friend, Like many organizations the Homeless Children’s Education Fund (HCEF) is struggling with the recent acts of racism and violence towards the Black community. Racial inequality has troubled this country for the past several hundred years and, unfortunately, it seems things are slow to change. The recent killing of George Floyd, other tragic events,…
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A COVID-19 Update from HCEF

A quick announcement from HCEF regarding our operations amid the COVID-19 outbreak: We are closely monitoring all communications regarding COVID-19 and taking direction from Governor Tom Wolf. We are committed to ensuring the safety of our students, staff, volunteers, supporters, and the greater community. As for our students, they need community support now more than…
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Experiencing Homelessness as a Teen, Jason Flowers is Now Executive Director of a Local Nonprofit

Jason Flowers is the executive director of nonprofit, Omicelo Cares, which creates economic change throughout communities without causing housing displacement. He’s worked within the nonprofit field for 16 years in development and fundraising, carving pathways to help others within lower-income communities. How did Jason get to where he is today? You may not know when…
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Addressing Homelessness Begins With Addressing Trauma

Research from the NASP Center indicates that 43% of homeless students repeat a grade, 25% are placed in special education, and 50% are failing academically. This is due to many factors, but one that’s not talked about is trauma, and how it affects a person’s day to day functioning. According to research done at First…
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Tuition Waivers for Youth in Foster Care? The Fostering Independence Through Education Act, HB 1276

More than 25% of foster children become homeless after two to four years of leaving the system, according to Covenant House. Due to their housing instability, it is nearly impossible for these children to save up money for their future, making it difficult to secure quality education and a career, deepening the cycle of poverty.…
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Why Would a Person Experiencing Homelessness Have a Cell Phone?

It may be a surprising statistic, but 62% of youth experiencing homelessness have cell phones. Some may be quick to wonder, why would a cell phone be prioritized as a need? Also, if a person cannot afford stable food and housing, how can they afford a cell phone? The answers may be eye-opening. Having a…
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2018 Hope Through Learning Award

On July 19, 2018, five recent high school graduates, who are going on to higher education, received HCEF’s Hope Through Learning Award. This $2,500 award for students who have experienced homelessness was increased to $5,000 this year, to be awarded over the course of the two years. Please join us in celebrating the 2018 awardees: Tyrese is…
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Hope Through Creativity

On April 29, a group of 10 HCEF high school ambassadors and performers hosted the annual Hope Through Creativity performance at the Union Project in Highland Park. Hope Through Creativity is led by the High School Ambassadors of HCEF. Hope Through Creativity is part of the movement toward educational justice for homeless children in Pittsburgh.…
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HCEF Wins Ted Craig Humanitarian Award from Women’s Center and Shelter

On May 4, HCEF was honored with the Ted Craig Humanitarian Award at the Women’s Center & Shelter Celebrating Survivors benefit dinner. HCEF was recognized because of our continued work with the women and families served by Women’s Center and Shelter. Women’s Center and Shelter is an emergency shelter for women that provides specialized care…
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Donor Spotlight: Our Retail and Restaurant Partners

The first few months of 2018 are off to a great start at HCEF because of our retail and restaurant partners in Pittsburgh. These businesses are committed to raising awareness of childhood homelessness in Pittsburgh and have donated crucial funding to support the work of HCEF in our local community. We are very grateful for…
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