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GiVE Back: V&E Pro Bono Blog

  • 19
  • April
  • 2017

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Texas Appleseed Pro Bono Week Spotlight: Homeless Youth Project

The Texas Education Agency found that approximately 113,000 students experienced homelessness sometime during the 2014-2015 school year. Moreover, that 113,000 number does not include children who are enrolled in school but are hiding the fact that they are homeless, or children who should be enrolled but aren't, or youth 18-24 who are learning how to survive as adults with little to no support.

When Texas Appleseed shared this information with the attorneys at Vinson & Elkins LLP, they immediately answered the call for assistance on one of Texas Appleseed's newest projects: a homeless youth policy report. The goals of the report are to:

  • “put a face” on kids who experience homelessness in Texas,
  • highlight systemic failures that lead youth into homelessness and perpetuate the problem, and
  • suggest policy fixes for the 85th Texas Legislature to consider.

Visit TexasAppleseed.org to read more about the research, interviews and outcomes of this pro bono project.

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