The PJC educates and empowers thousands of children to stay in school despite homelessness. Homeless children are protected under federal law and our work informs families about these rights.
A study released by the National Center on Family Homelessness shows that 1 in 50 (or 1.5 million) U.S. children is homeless. Homeless children are often refused access to the school they attended before they lost their home, are separated from teachers and friends, and are uprooted from established school-based programs when they most need stability. We enforce the rights of homeless children under the federal McKinney Vento Act through litigation, advocacy and widespread community education.
We aim to reach the often invisible homeless families Ã¢â‚¬â€œ those whose first language is not English Ã¢â‚¬â€œ through culturally competent and language specific communications campaign. This effort will build on the success of our recent film Ã¢â‚¬Å“Beyond Debate.Ã¢â‚¬Â
We expect this comprehensive communications project will find and empower tens of thousands families who, because of language barriers and cultural isolation, typically go unnoticed and therefore unserved.
This project has provided additional documentation in a Microsoft Word file (projdoc.doc).