“What we do see, how easy it is for a family to fall on hard times and maybe lose housing and simply go through a housing transition where ‘I can’t afford my mortgage or I can’t afford my rent payment so I move back in with mom or grandma until I get back on my feet,” Powers says.
The funding for homeless students helps pay for uniforms, transportation and medical services. Powers says the 50-percent jump in homeless students is also because staff are doing a better job of identifying students who are homeless. The School Board also voted to cancel its annual $200,000 contract that pays for Park District staff to run the ELITE program at Trewyn school. The District is considering moving the student behavior program to another building this fall.