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Homelessness Pilot Program Set

Published: July 08, 2016

CHENEY, Washington - A new pilot program to address homelessness among Spokane County students and their families was designed based off the research findings of two Eastern Washington University professors.

The faculty research team conducted their study in 2015 after EWU received a $40,000 grant from Priority Spokane, a civic leadership group working to generate measurable improvements in community health. Deanna Trella, PhD, director and assistant professor of Children's Studies, and Timothy Hilton, PhD, associate professor of Social Work, interviewed homeless families, policy makers and service providers. They also analyzed homelessness prevention service models around the U.S.

Through its thorough research, the EWU faculty team identified ways to address the 3,000 homeless k-8 students in the county. One of the study's key recommendations included providing school-based services to meet the academic and mental health care needs of homeless students.

Priority Spokane is using those findings to partner with Catholic Charities to launch the initial pilot project to help students in three Spokane area schools.

Please visit Catholic Charities Spokane to see the full Priority Spokane press release.


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