NKSD Earns State Homeless Student Stability Grant Award

NKSD Earns State Homeless Student Stability Grant Award
Posted on 01/24/2017
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State Homeless Student Stability Grant Award!

The data trends are clear that homelessness is prevalent and on the rise at the national and state levels.  Many of our families, students, and youth are impacted here in our own Kitsap County communities. The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction’s (OSPI) has offered WA State school districts the opportunity to apply for a grant to support work related to addressing this issue. 

This grant, the State Homeless Student Stability grant, provides school districts the opportunity to apply for additional money intended to build capacity and increase identification of homeless children and youth.  Grants are awarded on a competitive basis after thorough review by a committee, with funding decisions based on:

  • Demonstrated need of the District–the number or overall percentage, or both, of homeless children and youths enrolled in preschool, elementary, and secondary schools in the District–and the ability of the District to meet these needs.
  • Quality of the applications submitted.

The funds are expected to complement existing activities and supports for students experiencing homelessness. All federal McKinney-Vento requirements apply. The total allowable request is based on the number of homeless students identified during the 2014-15 school year.  North Kitsap School District identified 81 homeless students and youth therefore was allowed to request was up to $15,000 maximum.  The district applied for and was awarded the full $15,000.  All grant awards must be used by June 30, 2017.

The district’s plan to utilize these grant funds include attendance and participation in professional learning opportunities intended to build capacity of district staff. The district will be sending the building McKinney Vento liaisons, school counselors, to the Student Support Conference in May 2017.  Attendance at this conference is a grant award expectation.  Other conferences staff will attend include National Conference on Ending Family and Youth Homelessness, National Summit on Youth Homelessness, and the 2017 NASP (National Association of School Psychologists) Annual Convention.  The following sessions are a sampling of topics covered.

1. Counseling for Resilience: Students Experiencing Homelessness and Foster Care

2. Fostering Success for Impoverished and Homeless Youth: Building Trauma Informed Schools

3. Barriers Facing Homeless Students: Addressing Academic Needs through Collaborative Consultation

4. Peer Victimization and Homelessness: Effects on Academic and Psychosocial Functioning

5. Homeless Youth and High School Completion: Risk and Protective Factors

The information obtained from these learning opportunities will be shared with staff at all levels for ongoing professional learning and awareness.  Again, the purpose of this grant is to build capacity to increase identification and support of homeless students and youth within our community. 

For more information about the grant or McKinney Vento, please contact Lori Kingery at lkingery@nkschools.org or (360) 396-3072.