Olympia, Wash.—One in 33 students in Washington schools is homeless, according to a report released this week by the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction. The Washington Youth & Families Fund (WYFF), managed by Building Changes, is a public-private partnership improving how homeless families and youth are served. The following statement from Alice Shobe, Executive Director of Building Changes, can be quoted in full or in part.
“We’ve long known the multitude of challenges that homeless students face. While this report brings those challenges into sharper focus, it gives lawmakers an opportunity to enact proven solutions for the 32,494 homeless students in our state. The Washington Youth & Families Fund has been funding innovative programs that pair housing with supportive services for youth and families for more than a decade. We can best meet the needs of homeless students by funding programs like WYFF that support collaboration and partnership between schools, employment services and housing providers. The Homeless Student Stability Act (SB 5065), being heard today in the Senate Early Learning and Human Services Committee, is a significant opportunity to allow more cooperation to meet the needs of homeless students around the state.”