The Sunday Story Podcast: NKY school districts discuss state of student homelessness 

Haley Parnell
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This week on The Sunday Story Podcast, we look closely at the ‘invisible population’ of students who are experiencing homelessness in the Northern Kentucky region.

As a young adult, David Childs experienced homelessness. It wasn’t because of addiction or mental illness—he even grew up in what he called a stable home, so he encourages those working with children in similar situations to not just assume what homelessness looks like.

“The world knows ‘homeless’ as a guy on the corner, begging for money,” Newport Services, Tools, and Empowerment program coordinator Kristy McNally said. “This (student homelessness) is an invisible population that people do not really understand.”

Homelessness refers to children and young people lacking a fixed, regular and adequate nighttime residence, according to the McKinney-Vento law, which is the primary piece of federal legislation that provides rights and services to children and youth experiencing homelessness.

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