By | Ciara Speller
Homelessness in Boston is at all all time high, and it’s not just adults that this epidemic is affecting.
There is an estimated number of 4,000 homeless students currently enrolled in Boston Public Schools this year, and the Homeless Education Resource Network has been helping these displaced youth in the area since 1992.
Mary William, HERN Program Director, says that when the program first started the numbers were much lower, by the hundreds, and have recently spiked.
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“We provide some support, as best as we can. We go to she shelters at night to do some homework help, and we also provide resources to the parents,” said William.
The impact that homelessness can have on the ability to learn, is also a problem, and William says that the children “function” as best as they can, but they endure a lot on a daily basis, which makes learning harder.
To learn more about homelessness and the work of HERN, visit http://www.bostonhern.org