Speaking Out for Homeless Kids

Speaking Out for Homeless Kids

I bought a house back in March. It wasn’t the ideal time with my son getting ready to graduate, and the thought of uprooting our little family in his last months before high school graduation was not something I wanted to do. However, my landlords were listing the house I’d been renting, and an opportunity to purchase my own home landed in my lap. During that time, my son barely paid attention, as his mind was already on his future and his life in college. My daughter, on the other hand, looked over every inch of our new home with me. We’d walk through the empty house and she’d talk about where our things could go and share ideas about how she and I would live (even what we’d eat) in our new home. We fell in love with it together and today, big brother all moved out, she and I make terrific ‘roomies,’ all set to enjoy her last couple of years at home.   Home. Every child should have the comfort of home, yet every child does not. In Henderson County, during the 2013-2014 school year, 314 students were counted as homeless. Of those students, 86 are what we call ‘unaccompanied homeless youth,’ or rather, youth experiencing homelessness who are not in the physical custody of a parent or guardian. These children live in a variety of unsafe situations throughout our community including cars, parks, shelters, motels or ‘couch surfing,’ going from one friend’s house to another The National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth reports that nationwide, it is estimated that approximately1.6 to...