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MPS offers sanctuary to homeless students

(Source: WSFA 12 News) (Source: WSFA 12 News)
MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) -

Homelessness is not only a problem among adults, as more than 1,000 students in Montgomery do not have a place to call home.

Numbers from the Mid-Alabama Homeless Coalition show, on any given night that more than 100 of the area's homeless are families with dependent children.

Montgomery Public School Superintendent Margaret Allen says for them, school is home.

"We're talking about students who don't have their own residence, you know, their parents are living with someone else or they are moving or living with a cousin, or something of that nature," said Allen. "All of them are our students, and we're home for them, and we will continue to do everything we can to support these students, regardless of whether they have homes or not."

This is the first year MPS has qualified to serve both breakfast and lunch to all students at no charge. 

It's part of a federal  program that reimburses schools with a high percentage of poverty-level students, so all students can get the nutrition they need. About 90% of Montgomery Public School students qualify for free or reduced lunch.

The Mid-Alabama Coalition for the Homeless says that on any given night in our area, 814 people are homeless.

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