Salinas City Elementary School District, Cheryl Campbell, Leon Ramirez discussed on Morning Edition

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Anything that's not a fixed stable living environment for kids. Then we get the ones that are all hallmarks. What is that mean, we we have to call them to verify? Okay. So they're living situation was this. Which means Salinas in her colleague Leon Ramirez. Spend a lot of time trying to reach parents. Good afternoon. Got him in. This is Lillian Ramirez. I'm calling in from the family resource center. They've got a sensitive questions where would you go? If you couldn't stay where you are now out of about ten thousand pink forms that we get every year we have over two thousand phone calls. Cheryl Campbell is the boss here. She's the homeless liaison for the Salinas city elementary school district, which means you can also find her in the evenings at a local homeless shelter. This is how she can find the newly homeless. I don't know if we have pants what size pants twelve and your sister will in a minute. She's bringing clothes and school supplies, and she's definitely going to make sure these kids schools. No, they're here Kimani has been doing this almost two decades. She seen this crisis. Build in part because people are getting priced out of Silicon Valley. Crowding the market here in Monterey County because of lack of affordable renting or even low income housing. The only other option is if they wanna stay in work in this area is eve got a double triple up or motels or pitch a tent or whatever it takes rents in Salinas have increased more than fifty percent in the last five years that's way, worse than even San Francisco or Oakland. And what's astounding here is that almost forty percent of the kids in this school district are homeless. The numbers are not decreasing countywide statewide nationally, they're not going away. It's not going the other way lots of schools aren't doing nearly as good a job keeping tabs on their homeless students as these ladies are about four. Hundred districts in California haven't identified even a single homeless student, though experts say homeless kids live in just about every community in the state. Kennedy and her team have built a reputation at this point. Donations are pouring in. And they've got pole with the district. They're building trust with parents most of the times they're renting illegally, and they don't want to be found out. And they've been told don't you dare tell anybody your living here. They also work with teachers who can be really uncomfortable dealing with the issue. We have.

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