More Information about Homelessness
According to the McKinney-Vento Federal Homeless Act, which ensures that children and youth experiencing homelessness have full and equal access to an appropriate public education and that they experience success in school, New Britain Schools have identified roughly 350 homeless children.
The impact of being homeless can damage children socially, emotionally, psychologically and academically. During the start of every school year, many children in New Britain’s schools stay home because they cannot even afford a school uniform and they don’t want to be embarrassed by their peers for not wearing one. In high school, many other students feel they must dropout to support their family by earning an income.
Homeless children, through no fault of their own, have to contend with living in:
- emergency shelters
- sub-standard, unsafe and/or unhealthy environments,
- doubled-up, overcrowded conditions
- high mobility, from place to place and school to school due to eviction.
Children can be negatively affected in a number of ways by being homelessness; e.g., social insecurity, distracted parenting, poor nutrition away from school, lack of continuity in education, environments non-conducive for studying and homework, and the inability to form lasting relationships with teachers and friends.
Some homeless youth in our community don't even know where they are going to stay from one night to the next, how can we expect kids in this situation to focus in school? Some of these students have younger siblings in the same situation?
Hoops for the Homeless is a project that seeks to support the efforts of New Britain’s Work Plan to End Homelessness. Hoops for the Homeless aims to add a significant financial contribution to specific projects for homeless children and families.
No child deserves to be homeless.