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Presented By: Poverty Solutions

Detroit students and homelessness

How schools can better find and help vulnerable students

Virtual panel discussion on student homelessness in Detroit Virtual panel discussion on student homelessness in Detroit
Virtual panel discussion on student homelessness in Detroit
What are some programs that are working well? What do parents and students affected by housing insecurity want districts to know?

About this event:
As students settle into their Detroit classrooms this autumn, many are carrying with them anxiety, trauma, and grief from the past year of pandemic living. And anywhere between 7,000 and 14,000 students are also facing housing insecurity, according to U-M researchers. That count is vastly higher than what Detroit schools have previously estimated, an issue exacerbated by the pandemic.

The stakes are now higher than ever to identify and better serve students experiencing homelessness, and Detroit isn’t alone in its struggles. During the pandemic, school districts across the country have reported drops in the number of homeless students — a result, many advocates say, of how hard it’s been to reach students who don’t have a stable place to live when school is remote.

What can be done to quickly find and serve these students in Detroit this fall? What are some programs that are working well? What do parents and students affected by housing insecurity want districts to know? Join Chalkbeat Detroit and the University of Michigan Poverty Solutions from 4-5 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Oct. 12 to dig into these important issues.

Panelists include:
- Jennifer Erb-Downward, senior research associate at Poverty Solutions at U-M
- Courtney Smith, founder and CEO of the Detroit Phoenix Center
- Azaria Terrell, a 17-year-old high school senior
- Iranetta Wright, deputy superintendent of schools at Detroit Public Schools Community District
- Terrence George, superintendent at Covenant House Academies
- Lori Higgins, Chalkbeat Detroit bureau chief and moderator

RSVP to receive the Zoom Webinar information and submit your questions for our panel.

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