Harrisburg – Senator Bob Mensch (R- Berks, Bucks, Montgomery Counties), recently introduced SR 496 which designates the week of October 25 through November 1, 2014 as “Pennsylvania Education for Youth Experiencing Homelessness Awareness Week.”
“In the 2012-2013 school year, 22,618 students in Pennsylvania were homeless or without adequate housing,” said Mensch. “This number has increased from approximately 19,000 students last year. We need to make sure the public is aware this growing figure and encourage more resources to address this growing issue.”
Mensch hopes the resolution will help educate the public about the prevalence of youth experiencing homelessness and barriers that may prevent these individuals from attending school.
“There are organizations out there committed to sheltering and providing supportive services, meals and supplies to those experiencing homelessness,” said Mensch. “Younger individuals who are without shelter need extra resources in order to help them attend school and obtain the necessary supplies to complete their education or find a job.”
Pennsylvania Education for Youth Experiencing Homelessness Awareness Week will encourage schools, communities, and individuals to plan for and support assistance programs for youth experiencing homelessness as they look to complete their education.
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