Today marks World Homeless Day, which is held annually on Oct. 10 to bring awareness to the needs of the homeless, many of whom are students in our schools, and to encourage outreach and support in local communities.
HISD’s Homeless Education Office is hosting a World Homeless Day event from 4 to 7 p.m. today at The Pink Giraffe House (2304 Mason St. 77006). HISD staff will provide guidance to homeless students on how to return to school or attend a trade school, as well as free college and career resources. Free food, health screenings and giveaways also will be offered.
For classification purposes, homeless students are defined as those individuals who lack a fixed, regular and adequate nighttime residence. This includes those who share housing with others due to loss of housing and/or economic hardship. For a full definition, go here.
Valuable scholarships and financial aid are available to students who are classified as homeless.
“Identification and coding should be ongoing to ensure that students receive scholarships and financial aid, as well other available services,” said Lisa Jackson, HISD’s Homeless Liaison. “Students receive a letter that certifies their living situation and that they are unaccompanied.”
Homeless verification letters are generated in January, Jackson said. Students can request a copy of the letter via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (713) 556-7237.