Despite the best of intentions of parents, social workers, teachers, the entire village it takes to raise a child, poverty gets at some children eventually, magnifying all the challenges of growing up. This particular item, from Denver, Colorado renews the reality for us at suburban-poverty.com in a way that yet another piece about once middle class people demoted to food banks in depressive times would not. A teacher in a suburb of western Denver undertakes to teach a lesson in what homelessness might be like and discovers she has students already pretty much living it. Her school board now has a homeless liaison person on its staff and the numbers of families with school age children facing precarious situations in housing and employment there are way up.
Both items from tolerance.org – a project of the Southern Poverty Law Center