Housing@100%: Innovation 6
Connecting the Education System
The projects presented in the ten innovations areas are all designed to address barriers to vital services. Action teams should review all projects and prioritize those that have the best chance of addressing the barriers identified in the 100% New Mexico countywide survey. Your collaborative and result-focused local work is nothing less than heroic.
Project 1: The “rapid-rehousing of homeless students” project
There are something upwards of 1 million homeless students in the United States, roughly equivalent to all of the students in the state of Virginia. The first step in tackling this problem in your community is to figure out what local schools or the school district do with their homeless students. (Sadly, the answer may be “nothing.”) But if they do something, what form does that action take? Do they see themselves as a coach/ fixer that make referrals to other resources, or do they provide direct services themselves? Are their numbers going up or down? What metrics can they provide about cases they’ve closed? What prevents them from doing more? Some schools in Washington State are spending new money on extra after-school tutoring for these students, along with providing clothing and books. School districts can also work to make sure that students who change addresses frequently don’t likewise have to change schools all the time. Is this being done in your area?