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House of Representatives
Session of 2021 - 2022 Regular Session

MEMORANDUM

Posted: February 11, 2021 08:31 AM
From: Representative Melissa L. Shusterman
To: All House members
Subject: Pilot Program – Support for Homeless Students in Higher Education
 
 
Homeless students face barriers to their education that other students do not. In addition to dealing with normal coursework, they may struggle to put a roof over their heads or to get enough food. They may not have a computer or Internet access to study or complete their work. Without clean clothes, homeless students may not be able to attend class and participate fully. In order to produce their best work and meet their potential, all students need to be able to focus on school.
 
My legislation would provide for a pilot program at six geographically dispersed schools – four community colleges and two PASSHE institutions – to assist students experiencing homelessness. The pilot program would ensure that homeless students have access to safe housing, food, laundry, technology, and other services so that they can focus on completing their education. Schools participating in the program would also be tasked with providing feedback on the program to recommend future legislation.
 
This pilot program will allow us to see the benefits for a wider program for homeless students in higher education across the state. With students better able to reach their full potential, they will be able to achieve more and be able to improve their communities and our state.
 
I ask you to consider joining me in sponsoring this legislation to invest in the education of Pennsylvanians striving to improve their lives.