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Jackson Public Schools seeks renewal of federal grant to help homeless students


JACKSON, Mississippi — The Jackson Public Schools is seeking renewal of a federal grant to continue services to children identified as homeless.

School officials tell The Clarion-Ledger ( that three were 3,086 students classified as homeless last year.

The program helps not only children living on the streets or in shelters but also those who live in shared housing that is not adequate or fixed.

The money is put toward school uniforms, books, personal hygiene items, laptops and other technology for shelters where students are staying, and tutoring, among other resources.

Fourteen other school districts in Mississippi received grant money from McKinney-Vento in 2013-2014, according to the Mississippi Department of Education.

The Jackson schools partners with homeless shelters in the city to identify the students who can be helped.

Information from: The Clarion-Ledger,

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