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-and-reduced-lunch rate is 37.5%