High school will expand services for homeless students thanks to grant
Former homeless youth now heads nonprofit that serves her former school
February 7, 2022
Project Hope Alliance, an Orange County nonprofit whose mission is to end the cycle of homelessness, one child at a time, has announced it will expand its services to support students at Huntington Beach High School. These services will be funded by a three-year, $600,000 grant PHA has received from a private foundation.
“This grant is particularly meaningful to me because when I attended Huntington Beach High School, my family was experiencing homelessness,” said Jennifer Friend, CEO of Project Hope Alliance. “Walking alongside students in that shared experience, relating to them, supporting them, being proof that there’s hope for a brighter future fills my heart. This grant ensures that all students have the chance to achieve their dreams.”
The funding enables PHA to partner with city and state officials to replicate the successful work done in Newport Mesa Unified School District and begin supporting students at Huntington Beach High this winter. PHA will work alongside school McKinney Vento liaisons, janitorial teams, case managers, teachers and staff to help identify students in need of help. PHA will also connect with students’ siblings attending surrounding schools.
PHA will begin with one case manager who will support 30 students in meaningful ways, such as providing emotional support, providing access to essential items such as clothing, food, supplies and tutoring, as well as helping them navigate the myriad other challenges experiencing homelessness can bring.
“HBHS is committed to ensuring the health and wellness of the entire student population,” said HBHS Principal Danny Morris. “Partnering with PHA is a necessary step to ensuring our students receive the support they need to be successful. PHA is uniquely suited to build upon existing student-centric programs already on campus, including a wellness center, and collaborations with other non-profits and community and faith-based organizations. PHA’s work will be additive and help fill in the gaps created in the tremendous needs of our student population.”
Project Hope Alliance CEO Jennifer Friend, who experienced homelessness as a student at Huntington Beach High School, now leads a nonprofit that will deliver services to homeless students at the school.
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