Housing Crisis in Midland Raises the Homeless Population in MISD 10/22/13
CBS 7 News
Homeless students are identified as either living in a shelter, with another family in what's called "doubling up," or living in a motel, hotel, RV, car, etc.
Kaye Bolinger with Midland Independent School District says there are 394 homeless students in the district in their program. The program gives students help such as food, clothing, utilities, immunizations, mentoring, uniforms, tutoring.
Tracey Dees Director of Health Services says the numbers have gone up significantly since the oil boom. She says with the influx of people brings more to the area, and not everyone can afford the housing prices.
Ronda Childers with Family Promise says that when she first moved to the area, she was homeless. Her and her husband had to live with family members until they could find other arrangements. Some cases may be more extreme than others, but she says it happens all the time.
To find out how you can help or need help in Midland ISD you can contact Kaye Bolinger at 689-1093.
To find out how you can help donate supplies or time or to find help with Family Promise in midland you can contact Ronda Childers at 218-7630.