Coffee Talk: Discussing Seattle’s Homeless Students
Last year, nearly every Seattle school district saw a rise in student homelessness, resulting in a citywide increase of over 55%. Over 3,600 Seattle public school students, or one out of every 16 children, experienced homelessness during school year 2015–16. That’s why the Institute for Children, Poverty, and Homelessness partnered with Seattle Public Schools to release The Seattle Atlas of Student Homelessness—a launch point for deeper conversations and action to support homeless students moving forward.
On Thursday, December 7th at 10:00 a.m. Pacific Standard Time, grab a coffee and tune into Coffee Talk: Discussing Seattle’s Homeless Students. We will be answering your questions about the Atlas, discussing key aspects of our research, and talking about why we think the issue of student homelessness is so important to Seattle.
Date: December 7, 2017
Time: 10:00 a.m. PST (1:00 p.m. EST)
Speaker: Josef Kannegaard, Principal Policy Analyst
While Seattle is known for its tech titans, cycling enthusiasts, and progressive values, it is also home to over 3,600 homeless students. Ninety-seven percent of all public schools in Seattle serve at least one homeless student; 71% serve more than 10. In this publication, ICPH, through a partnership with Seattle Public Schools, illustrates just how pervasive and far-reaching the issue of student homelessness is across the city.
A quality education can be the most important tool to helping children and families lift themselves out of a recurring pattern of housing instability. To do that, however, these children must first be identified as homeless and then receive the necessary support to ensure that homelessness does not disrupt their learning.