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Announcements

Press Release: Homelessness Among Washington's Children Skyrockets

Data released this week by the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) indicates that in the 2010-2011 school year, more than 26,000 students experienced homelessness. Homeless students were identified in every county and in both rural and urban districts.


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OSPI Releases New End of Year Letter for Parents and Guardians

The Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction recently released a new End of Year Letter that District McKinney-Vento Liaisons can send at the end of the year to remind parents and youth to let the school know about any changes in their housing situation. Take a look at this excellent resource by clicking the link below.

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McCarver Elementary School Project: Pilot Housing and Education Program

The Tacoma Housing Authority, with the support of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's 'Moving to Work" program, just announced plans to create, "a special rental assistance program in partnership with Tacoma Public Schools and McCarver Elementary School"

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School Selection for Students in Out-of-Home Care

The Legal Center for Foster Care and Education and the National Center for Homeless Education present this brief, part of NCHE's Best Practices in Homeless Education series, to provide a framework for local homeless education liaisons, educators, child welfare caseworkers, and other child welfare advocates for assessing best interest when selecting a school for students in out-of-home care. While the brief focuses on students “awaiting foster care placement” under the McKinney-Vento Act, it provides information relevant to school selection and school stability for all children and youth in out-of-home care.


Click here to download the brief.



News Coverage 

Title: Homeless students: rising fast, especially in rural areas
Source:
Crosscut.com
Date of publication:9/16/11

Title: Homeless kids find kind allies
Source:
The Seattle Times
Date of publication: 9/7/11

Title: Number Of Homeless Students In Washington Tops 21,000
Source: KUOW
Date of publication: 9/7/11

Title: More Students are Homeless, State and County Report.
Source:
HeraldNet.com
Date of publication:1/19/11

Title: Mukilteo school hungry to help kids
Source: The Seattle Times
Date of publication: 3/19/10

Title: Rising tide of suburban homeless across U.S.
Source: MSNBC
Date of publication: 2/16/10

Title: Homeless in high school
Source: The Boston Globe
Date of publication: 2/16/10

Title: Homeless student numbers on the rise
Source: The Chicago Tribune
Date of publication: 2/13/10

Title: School Districts to Scramble to Help Homeless Students
Source: Education Week
Date of publication: 2/03/10

Title: How do you assign homework to a kid without a home?
Source: National Education Association (NEA) Today
Date of publication: January, 2010

Title: Recession pushes teens, young adults to the edge
Source: The Chicago Tribune
Date of publication: 2/08/10

Title: What happens when a student has no place like home?
Source: The Gainesville Times
Date of publication: 1/16/10

Title: Legislators Work to Improve Laws on Runaways
Source: The New York Times
Date of publication: 1/03/10

Title: For young homeless, many challenges, few resources
Source: The Star Tribune (Minneapolis-St. Paul)
Date of publication: 1/01/10

Title: More students homeless in Contra Costa County, Bay Area, state
Source: Contra Costa Times (San Francisco Bay Area)
Date of publication: 1/01/10

Title: City, Suburban Kids Struggle With Homelessness
Source: WCCO (CBS, Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN)
Date of publication: 12/07/09

Title: Enrolling Tacoma Housing Authority’s Students in Washington State’s College Board Scholarship Program: An Assessment of the First Year’s Effort 2008-2009 (THA November 10, 2009)
Source: Tacoma Housing Authority
Date of publication: 11/10/09

Title: For Runaways, Sex Buys Survival
Source: The New York Times
Date of publication: 10/26/09

Title: Recession Drives Surge in Youth Runaways 
Source: The New York Times
Date of publication: 10/25/2009

Title: Youth Homelessness in Today's Tough Economy
Source: The Exchange: News from FYSB and the Youth Services Field
Date of publication: June 2009

Title: Surge in Homeless Pupils Strains Schools
Source: The New York Times
Date of publication: 9/06/09