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
-Doubled Up (living with people not in immediate family): 352
-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