Sen. David Frockt, D-Seattle, has introduced a bill in Olympia that attempts to replicate a program at a Tacoma elementary school that links housing with education.
The Homeless Student Stability Act (HSSA) would provide funding and staff for schools to support homeless students and their families with housing near the school. The bill calls for staff to liaison between the schools and families, and it provides grants to pay for housing nearby.
Maria Zarraonandia and her 9-year-old daughter Julianna were moving every couple of weeks. After Zarraonandia lost her job due to a back injury, she was homeless, staying with friends and at hotels from Seattle to Tacoma.
His four stepchildren didn't put it into words, but Bobby Gantt saw the insecurity that gripped them as they spent much of their young lives moving between temporary living situations.
First, they spent several years in California shelters with their mother, then they crashed with family in Washington state after she married Mr. Gantt. Next, they squeezed into a one-bedroom apartment with their parents and a new baby the couple had together.