Special Report: Homeless Schooling
There is a staggering number of homeless students enrolled in public schools across America. The U.S. Department of Education puts the figure at well over a million, from pre-school through 12th grade.
North Carolina has seen a 53% increase, since the beginning of the recession. There more than 500 homeless students in Buncombe County and about 300 in Henderson County.
The "Home Education Link Project" is a Henderson County Public Schools program. The goal is to help homeless children stay in school and to get more of them there. HELP works with a non-profit called Only Hope WNC. Together they provide temporary housing, transportation and basic necessities.
Only Hope founder Michael Absher is a former homeless student. "I needed to do something for these school age kids. They're worrying about where they're going to stay that night, but at the same time they're worrying about, I gotta make good grades," said Absher. Absher's group is always looking for volunteers, supplies and donations.
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