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Removing Barriers One at a Time, One Student at a Time
Rivals on the court, but one big Team collecting supplies.
AISD Homeless Students
Did you know that 1,495 Abilene Independent School District (AISD) students were identified as homeless in 2017-2018? These students live in temporary housing with friends or relatives, or, in hotels, shelters, cars or on the street. About 23% of these students live in these situations without their parents or legal guardian. Our program provides services and resources they need to stay enrolled and be successful in school despite their living situation. We are supported in part by a grant from the Texas Homeless Education Office and some Title 1 funds. However, there are many needs that still go unmet. Some of the needs of these students are: school supplies, clothes, items needed to participate in athletics, fine arts and other school programs, groceries, transportation, medical care and housing.
What we have to offer students:
- School supplies and backpacks,
- Socks, underwear, and shoes
- Uniforms and clothing
- Coats and jackets
AISD students making hygiene bags and packing up backpacks for homeless students.
Who are the Homeless?
Students who lack a fixed, regular and adequate nighttime residence.
How many are Homeless?
In 2017, Abilene classified 1,495 children ages 3 to 18 as homeless.
- 20 unsheltered
(living in cars, parks, public spaces or abandoned buildings)
- 46 living in motels/hotels
- 110 living in shelters
- 1,319 doubled up
(living at someone else’s home)
How is AISD helping?
- Collecting clothing to be given to our students
- Churches collecting shoes, underwear/socks, and school supplies
- Walmart drives to collect supplies for our students