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Homeless, with Homework

Student homelessness tied to lack of affordable housing

AJ, 16, is one of nearly 2,500 students in Kent County who are homeless. She is one of many young people affected by the lack of affordable and available housing...

A and B student strives for success, from a motel room

A homeless Kent County teen talks about stressors, family, schoolwork and life in a motel...

‘It’s more than just me’

He couch-surfed as a homeless teen. Now Ja-Quari Moore-Bass works with other youth to help create a blueprint for housing that combines shelter with mentorship and a plan for success...

‘I would love to have a house that I own where my kids could play outside’

Local coalition’s research shows one in seven African American children in Kent County were in the homeless system in 2018...

Living in cars, campers, motels and ‘doubled-up,’ homeless students struggle to succeed

Schools -- urban, suburban and rural -- are seeing increased numbers of homeless students and fewer options for housing because of high rents and scarce vacancies...

‘We didn’t notice they’re gone’

A West Side resident with two children in Grand Rapids Public Schools, Jim Davis worries about the families who can’t afford to live in that booming area and the impact on schools...
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