ERIC Number: ED429233
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Adult Education for the Homeless: A Program in Jeopardy.
Office of Vocational and Adult Education (ED), Washington, DC. Div. of Adult Education and Literacy.
During its 8-year history, the federal Adult Education for the Homeless Program (AEH) pioneered new methods of service to adults in need and benefited over 320,000 homeless adults and families. Despite an evaluation that documented program success, funding was rescinded from the 1995 federal budget and never reinstated. AEH programs developed the capability and capacity to improve the lives of homeless families and could be viewed as an important technique for welfare reform. Programs were highly successful in preparing learners for employment and training opportunities. In the process, AEH contributed direct economic benefits to employers and communities and social and financial benefits to homeless individuals and families. AEH programs proved useful in helping adults with disabilities overcome personal and societal obstacles to meet everyday challenges. AEH programs were developed to deal with homelessness in holistic ways, to help adults improve all aspects of their lives. Practitioners worked with homeless service delivery providers to provide AEH students access to homeless services. Loss of dedicated AEH funding caused significant harm to efforts to reach and serve homeless adults and families. Short- and long-term policy options were suggested for consideration by national and state policy makers. (Appendixes include 15 websites of relevance to educators and learners; the article, "Silencing Street Voices" by Sally S. Gabb; and "Learning to Hope" report by Darrel Drury and Judy Koloski.) (YLB)
Publication Type: Reports - General
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Office of Vocational and Adult Education (ED), Washington, DC. Div. of Adult Education and Literacy.