Homelessness Among Florida's Students

Associated Press

When it comes to children, the definition of homeless includes more children than you may think. Under the federal McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act, children who are living in motels, hotels, trailer parks, or camp grounds -- or doubled-up with relatives or friends  -- are homeless, as well as those who stay in shelters, on the street or in abandoned buildings.  Groups that work with homeless students and families say the need increases in the summer, and this week on Florida Matters, we’re taking an in-depth look at homelessness among Florida’s students. 

Senior Director of Education Services and Programs for Metropolitan Ministries in Tampa
Director of Homeless Education and the Schoolhouse Link program at the Sarasota Y
Senior Director of Programs for the Homeless Empowerment Program in Clearwater
Original Broadcast Date: 
07/28/15

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