Adopt-A-Family to build 14 Lake Worth homes for homeless families
Constantine said the Lake Worth project is modeled after a six-year-old program at the Tacoma Housing Authority in Washington, which adopted an elementary school where the majority of children didn’t return to class.
“They are not transient because of occupation,” said Tacoma Housing Authority Executive Director Michael Mirra. They aren’t farm worker families or military families, they are “transient because of homelessness.”
There, the Housing Authority pays the rent for 50 families with 85 children at the elementary school, south of Seattle. In September, they’ll expand to more schools. Numbers aren’t yet available “but we know it will be a big expansion,” he said.
“We are convinced homeless children don’t do well in school and if you house them… it pays off.”