U.S. Education Secretary Miguel Cardona held a virtual roundtable with U.S. Sens. Joe Manchin, D-WV and Patty Murray D-WA on Apr. 23 to speak to students who have experienced homelessness, according to the U.S. Education Department.
The Education Department has announced plans to distribute $800 million in American Rescue Plan funds to states to support students suffering homelessness.
The department will give out $200 million of the total funding to states this week.
Cardona listened as students shared their stories:
“Among the issues that affect our students’ ability to learn is the instability in where they’re living, and homelessness is an issue that’s critically important,” he said. “It’s hard to learn if you’re wondering where you’re going to be staying at night …. We need to make sure that our students can learn at high levels and addressing student homelessness is one of those issues that is critically important. All of you are stronger than most students in this country, and you’re resilient. You’re going to grow. It’s our job to make sure we support you because you have so much to offer.”