530,609 45.1% Homeless Students Struggle to Learn The Learning Gap: Proficiency by Subjectstudents in Washington State are homeless, up 82% since These kids are highly mobile, moving often to wherever they can find shelter and frequently changing schools. Instability at home hurts homeless students’ ability to learn, as each time a student moves to a new school, he or she loses between 4-6 months of academic progress.of homeless students graduated in the class of 2013, compared to 78% among their housed peers. In other words, 2,283 homeless seniors did not get to walk across the graduation stage. Schools spend $17 million each year transporting highly mobile kids to school; each student that drops out represents a net lifetime cost of $200,000 to taxpayers.Only 38% of homeless students are proficient in math, versus 64% among their housed peers. This learning gap extends across all subjects.
10Everett Tukwila Statewide Students receiving out of district transportation:: 492Total costs of transportation: : $809, Average Cost per Homeless Student~$1646 per studentTukwilaStudents receiving out of district transportation:: 132 studentsTotal costs of transportation: : $205,275Average Cost per Homeless Student~$1555 per studentStatewideStudents receiving transportation:: estimate of /30,609 students
11A district has identified three students as homeless A district has identified three students as homeless. Each student will have to move at least 30 miles outside of the district to live in the nearest shelter. Over the course of the school year, it will cost the district $45,000 ($15,000 each) to transport these students to and from the school of origin to their local residence. Without housing the district will pay to transport these students.+++=123$45,000
12But if a school-housing partnership could offer families in-need housing supports 1=$2,000Cost of housing support+$13,000Savings to District=$6,000Cost of housing support2+$9,000Savings to District=3$500Cost of housing support+$14,500Savings to District
13Homeless Student Stability Act (SB 5065) Bi-Partisan Support The HSSA provides dedicated staff support for homeless student education liaisonsThe HSSA creates a grant program serving up to 15 districts by providing each with $500,000 per year to directly increase housing stability for homeless students and families.schoolhousewa.orgDuring the school year, 30,609 students in Washington schools were identified by school districts as homeless—a 12% increase from the previous school year and an 82% increase from