D9 families in transition

Families in transition keep Ila Reimer, family support liaison for School District 9, busier than ever. There were 130 students identified in transition. Last year there were 224 in the district. And this year, with economic conditions and foreclosures across all economic strata, that number is likely to be considerably higher.

"Homeless" is the term most often used for families in transition. But
that term was broadened several years ago with the advent of the
McKinney Vento Homeless Assistance Act. Homeless means the lack of a
fixed, regular or adequate nighttime residence. This can mean sharing
housing with others due to loss of housing, living in motels or camp
grounds due to a lack of alternative adequate accommodations, living in
emergency shelters, waiting for foster care placement, living in a car,
or jumping from one friend’s home to another.
identified without a permanent home are still entitled to an education.
Families do not have to have a permanent address to enroll their
children in school.  Reimer’s job is to find these children and help
get them into school, or back into school, and to provide information
and support for transportation to school, for medical needs and for the
basics of food, clothing, hygiene and school supplies.
Each District 9 school has clothing, food, hygiene products and school supplies for students in transition.
Closet at 2417 Ave. A in White City has free clothing for infants to
adult sizes. They are open every Sunday from 12-1 p.m.  Or call
830-HOPE for information. Armario Del Valle, 2417 Ave. A, White City,
ropa gratis! Abra cada Domingo 12:00-1:00 p.m.
Reimer and
Phil Ortega work closely together with visitations and in securing
assistance for families and students in transition. For more
information call Reimer at 830-6276.
By Nancy Leonard
Of the Independent


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