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Having a stable home is a comfort most people can rely on.”It puts a students back six months academically so if we have a student who might become homeless twice in a school year,” says Regional Office of Education Director of at Risk Services Harold Sweeney. “We basically have lost a whole academic year with that student.”A challenge more students are facing in Winnebago and Boone counties.In 2011, 694 students were identified as homeless. Today that number is 2,
728. It’s a jump of nearly 300 percent.”I think the economy has something to do with it. There are issues with the housing market,” says Rockford Public Schools Families in Transition Student Advocate Elmer Rice.”Homes are foreclosed. Families are dealing with domestic violence,” says RPS 205 Director of Student Support Alex Brewington.To classify as homeless a student must lack stable and adequate housing. That can range from a student bouncing between friends’ homes to living in a shelter.Many RPS 205 families in those situations head to the Families in Transition (FIT) program office. It offers everything from shoes to assistance in finding permanent housing. It also helps students build stability in a time of uncertainty.