Jul 22

Talk Poverty: Kids Should be Focused on Homework,

Not Working to Find a Home

Katara Jordan discusses her work as a  a civil legal aid attorney with Columbia Legal Services, and her work to help homeless students and their families address barriers to their enrollment and participation in school.

Katara Jordan

"Children and youth who are of color, LGBT, who have limited English proficiency or disabilities are more likely to be homeless than their peers. We also know that homeless students struggle in school when compared to their housed peers; in fact, they are less than half as likely to be proficient in math, with similar gaps in other subjects. These disparities also hurt local communities and society generally, since these students are about half as likely to graduate as their housed peers and more likely to end up in the criminal justice system."