Right now, Seattle faces a homelessness crisis.
Mayor Ed Murray declared a State of Emergency on Homelessness in November 2015, and one of the major concerns is the rapidly growing number of homeless students. And this doesn’t count the number of students and their families who live close to the poverty line. The statistics are sobering:
As of May 2016, 3,859 students in Seattle Public Schools are currently experiencing homelessness, a 316% increase in homeless students since 2009 (and 24% increase over the past year alone).
Seattle Public Schools’ free / reduced lunch rate is 36%
570 unaccompanied youth who aren’t in the care of a parent or guardian in grades 6-12 in Seattle classrooms.
How can we reach these at-risk students and others who are vulnerable?
Founded in 1962, Assistance League of Seattle works to removes barriers to education for children and adults in Seattle through the collective strength of our volunteers and philanthropic projects. We change lives of disadvantaged students in Seattle through three programs: Operation School Bell®, Enrichment Scholarship Program, and Financial Aid for Education.