SACRAMENTO, California – California State Assembly Speaker-Elect Toni Atkins (D-San Diego) convened a hearing of the Select Committee on Homelessness to identify the challenges and needs of homeless students in California’s public education system. The hearing focused on students identified as homeless in public schools pursuant to the United States McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act.
K to College Executive Director Benito Delgado-Olson presented as part of a panel on the role of community benefit organizations in assisting this population. His presentation focused on the material needs of homeless children and youth across the state and the unique position K to College is in to build a statewide supply bank to alleviate this need efficiently and systematically. K to College’s presentation also included responses from a survey of more than 200 homeless liaisons across the state, identifying specific challenges and impacts a lack of basic material needs has on local homeless youth.