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Organizations Urge DOE to Hire Shelter-Based Community Coordinators

06.25.2021 | Today, Advocates for Children of New York joined 25 organizations to urge the DOE to hire 150 shelter-based Community Coordinators to help students living in shelter reconnect with school and participate in supplemental programming offered by the DOE.  With the DOE poised to receive tens of millions of dollars in COVID-19 federal relief funding specifically allocated to support students experiencing homelessness, the DOE has an opportunity to have a new corps of qualified, trained professionals on the ground in the City’s shelters who can listen to concerns of families, help them navigate the DOE’s complex school system, address barriers to school attendance, and support them on issues ranging from transportation to enrollment and technology to special education. Read the letter [PDF]