2018-02-14 / Front Page

Focus on homeless!

Homelessness in Blakely and Early County was the focus of a meeting here last week. Members of the community met Feb. 7 to address the growing population of homeless.

The number of homeless students has increased exponentially the last three years. Sixty-six ECSS students have been identified as homeless this school year.

A steering committee was established and a plan to research root causes for homelessness is being established. Once root causes are determined, the group will begin to establish strategies to address those causes and promoting well being for families and students experiencing homelessness.

The McKinney-Vento Act, a federal law providing for educating homeless youth, defines the following homeless youth situations:

• Those without a fixed, regular and adequate nighttime residence;

• Children and youths sharing housing of other persons, living in motels, hotels, trailer parks or camp grounds, living in emergency or transitional shelters or abandoned in hospitals;

• Children and youths with primary nighttime residence at a public or private place not designed for sleeping accommodations;

• Children and youths living in cars, parks, public spaces, abandoned buildings, substandard housing, bus or train stations;

• And migratory children living in described circumstances.

Everyone is asked to make every effort to help our homeless. For more information, call 723-5122.

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