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So, what's Boise's homeless student situation?

by Carolyn Holly

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Posted on August 18, 2010 at 12:17 PM

Yesterday's blog about the hundreds of homeless students in the Nampa School District sure had you guys writing in with questions. Here's the answer to one question: What is the situation in the Boise Schools. Read the following email:

Hi Carolyn,

As of last school year, there are 656 homeless students in the Boise School District. These are students defined as homeless per federal requirements.  Last year, the District  started a fund to collect donations to assist students and their families who are at risk of becoming homeless but who do not qualify for federal funding. The fund, Student Aide Fund for Emergencies or SAFE, was started by the District and the Boise Education Foundation to address needs of these near-homeless students and their families.  Last year the fund collected more than 42-thousand dollars to help these District students and their families.  A total of 400 students, or 250 families, were helped by SAFE funds last school year. These funds can be used to pay for power, gas (utility costs), school fees, clothing, etc. 

Individuals wishing to donate to the SAFE fund may do so by contacting the Boise Education Foundation at 854-4065 or log on to

Dan Hollar
Public Affairs
Boise School District