Number of Homeless Students on the Rise

By: KKCO Email
By: KKCO Email

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) - The number of homeless students in the Grand Valley is on the rise, nearly breaking records this past school year.

School District 51 tallied 520 students in it's REACH (Resources, Education, and Advocacy for Children who are Homeless) program for the 2010-2011 school year. That's up from 504 the previous year and is the highest number recorded since 2004.

Students in the REACH program receive assistance such as free meals and transportation to school.

About half of the students in 2010-2011 were enrolled in elementary school. More than 10 percent are living on their own without parents.

2010-2011 REACH Numbers

520 Students Total

-Elementary: 258
-Middle: 105
-High: 155
-Alternative: 2

-Doubled Up (living with people not in immediate family): 352
-Motel: 6
-Unsheltered: 20
-Shelter: 38
-Supportive Housing: 27
-Transitional Housing: 9
-Substandard Housing: 13
-Unaccompanied Youth: 55

-High School Seniors: 45
-Receiving Diplomas: 29
-Receiving GEDs: 3
-Going to Higher Education: 25


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  • by Money on Jun 15, 2011 at 04:39 AM
    As an astute reader pointed out. This story must mean only one thing. That there must be money available to schools for "homeless" students. That's the only reason our district would go after this population....money for themselves.
  • by Anonymous on Jun 14, 2011 at 04:57 PM
    Oooo-bahhhhh-maaaaaaa!!!!
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      by Disgusted on Jun 14, 2011 at 05:19 PM in reply to
      Just say Baaaaaaa, it means the same thing.
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        by Anonymous on Jun 14, 2011 at 06:36 PM in reply to Disgusted
        Indeed. Well, at least these students will have a headstart on some essential skills in the new Amerika. Dumpster diving, inclement weather survival, scrounging for food, etc.....But not to worry, Congressman Anthony Weiner will still recieve his $174,000 pay while on leave. Not bad for showing your junk to little girls. I think the rest of us would be in jail unless we had a D next to our name.
  • by Disgusted Location: Ritterville on Jun 14, 2011 at 03:21 PM
    Thanks Bill, Thanks Barry, Thanks Ken......appreciate it greatly.
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