Education is a very crucial aspect of every individual which makes one capable to make his own identity and become an asset to the country. Recently of almost $600 amount has been put in the covid-19 relief fund by the Education Department for the students who are homeless and do not have any guardian to take care of and need support in difficult times for the states bolster services. This has been a growing demographic since the pandemic which was a matter of concern.
This fund will be used in different ways which include setting up new schools for such children to improving the present set up in different areas. The administrators are asked to check for such areas and setups that need help and they will be provided with a specific fund from this relief fund as per their requirements. There will be a monitoring authority to ensure the right use of the fund and avail the benefits to those who are truly in need for the same in different areas.
Education Relief Funds Released By The Education Department For Homeless Children
The area of highest concern was rural places where educators had great difficulty reaching on to and continuing the education process. Education Secretary Miguel Cardona has stated “Amid COVID-19 and the transition to remote and hybrid learning, for so many students, these challenges intensified. We must do everything we can to ensure that all students – including students experiencing homelessness and housing insecurity – are able to access an excellent education.”
Now when this huge amount has been provided by the education department to the states and districts they are to use it for the needy especially the students who are homeless and are under suffering which is affecting their education, also the students having housing instabilities are covered under this. They are making effective plans for students to give them the best wraparound services possible which would include clothing, caregivers, food, and also attention to their mental health aspects.
All these are basic needs of the children and are important definitely so these were given even before when this pandemic situation come in with this funds were also provided for the same according to the federal education law under McKinney-Vento Act. This is the act that supports homeless children in all aspects. It has been found by Children Defence’s Fund that over 1.5 million students who have enrolled themselves in the public sector education have experienced homelessness at some point of time in the year 2017- 2018.
Before the pandemic situation in 2020, it was March when The Department of Housing and Urban Development has published that there are almost 106,000 children are found to be homeless and there are 11,000 people who are with no home facilities. Though the problem has prevailed for a long time the pandemic situation has made it even worse and the group of students who have suffered too extreme is Black, Hispanic and Indigenous children. These specific groups of children have already been experiencing the highest level of homelessness.
There was even the addition of money for the K-12 education which was almost $130 billion the coronavirus relief fund. With this $600 million funds directly going in the district schools for the education of homeless students and all other basic facilities which they need for healthy living and growing. Also, a majority of the funds with a value of $59 million are expected to go to New York City as the place has a maximum number of district schools in the country with almost more than 112,000 children experiencing the problem of homelessness and home instability.