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APS Homeless Student Program Settles In

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Federal stimulus money provides permanent location

An Albuquerque Public Schools program that started 17 years ago to help homeless students now has a permanent home of its own.

The Title I Homeless Project received about $400,000 of federal stimulus money to renovate a cluster of portables that now house a preschool, computer lab, tutoring space, kitchen, conference room that doubles as a cafeteria, storage and office space. The money also was used to build a new outdoor playground, all located on University SE between Avenida Cesar Chavez and Gibson.

The Homeless Project serves about 5,000 students each year who lack a permanent residence, providing them with resources to stay in school despite their personal circumstances. Director Helen Fox, who last year won the national Queen Smith award for service from the Council of Great City Schools, is pleased with the new quarters.

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“The portables are beautifully put together,” Fox said in a news release. “It’s an improvement for students to be able to come to a place that’s as attractive as this is.”

The project has been housed in various places over the years, most recently at Inez Elementary School for the past three years and at Bandelier Elementary for five years before that.

A grand opening will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday at 1730 University SE.

 

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Help for homeless

Services offered by the Title I Homeless Project

  • Tutoring at 14 APS schools, with meals and transportation at each site
  • A preschool program
  • Backpacks, uniforms, school fees and other needs
  • Health and mental health services
  • A two-week June program emphasizing academics, careers and recreation
  • A three-week July program emphasizing literacy for elementary students

To take advantage of these services, call 256-8239.

 

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