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ERIC Number: ED522275
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 7
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 25
Immigrant and Homeless: Information for Local Liaisons. Best Practices in Homeless Education
National Center for Homeless Education at SERVE
The process of immigrating to the United States is full of stressors, both prior to and after arrival, that are unique to immigrants. Even immigrants who are well-educated and professionally credentialed often experience an initial drop in their status and earnings while they improve their English skills, re-take courses, and pass licensing exams needed to practice in this country. This often leads to receiving low incomes, living in less than desirable neighborhoods and housing, and experiencing poor health. In addition, leaving family, friends, and familiar surroundings creates uncertainty and anxiety for immigrants who are attempting to assimilate into American society while trying to retain part of their own culture and heritage. Immigrant children are often in the center of a culture clash between their parents and the American way of life. Schools can serve as a stabilizer by easing the acculturation process and reducing academic and other barriers through the strategies listed in this paper. The behaviors and attitudes of school district personnel can have significant impact not only on the educational outcomes of students but on the entire family's assimilation into this country. (Contains 24 endnotes and lists 8 resources.)
National Center for Homeless Education at SERVE. P.O. Box 5367, 915 Northridge Street 2nd Floor, Greensboro, NC 27435. Tel: 800-755-3277; Fax: 336-315-7457; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Center for Homeless Education at SERVE
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Stewart B McKinney Homeless Assistance Act 1987