Over the 2012-2013 school year, 1.3 million school children experienced homelessness as defined by the Department of Education, according to statistics released Monday, Sept. 22. About 230,000 school children's primary nighttime residence was an emergency shelter or an unsheltered location. The vast majority of identified students (75 percent) were living in doubled-up situations. An estimated 76,000 were unaccompanied by family.
The Department of Education's goal is to ensure that all students receive a stable education regardless of their parents' abilities to pay for housing. As such, the definition used to count homeless students differs from the definition HUD uses to count homeless persons and includes families and children who live in doubled-up arrangements and in hotels and motels paid for by their parents.
Second Chance Tenancy & Transitional Housing Programs
Second Chance Tenancy Program The Second Chance Program provides families that have not rented before or have had difficulty maintaining housing in the past with education and skills to help them successfully navigate the housing process. Program participants receive case management, financial mentoring, and other follow-up services.
Transitional Housing Program Transitional housing program assists with finding temporary residence for people experiencing homelessness (In Council Bluffs, IA only). Housing is combined with wrap-around services to assist the individual with developing stability in their lives.