Schools helping homeless kids are looking for more funding to boost the food pantries, clothing closets, and other supports that homeless schoolchildren need.
In Boston, a $1 million increase is proposed in the budget to help thousands of homeless students. Boston Public School have also created a new department, the Opportunity Youth Department. It is under the Office of Social Emotional Learning and coordinated by Brian Marques. Funding for homeless students is one of several initiatives proposed for the Fiscal Year 2018 school budget.
Approximately 3,000 students in Boston are homeless. The number fluctuates during the school year, and may rise to 4,000 by the end of the year, according to Amalio Nieves, assistant superintendent of Social Emotional Learning and Wellness.
The homeless funding is one of several initiatives proposed for Fiscal Year 2018’s school budget – which will be introduced at Wednesday’s school committee meeting.
Marques says that the district will work with leaders in the schools to connect to community resources and services. These will provide school leaders with options to consider such as food pantries or supplying household items.