The two organizations are conducting the study to draft future policy that equips communities and school districts with tools to help students experiencing housing instability.
The study is particularly focused at the experience of families and students in the Tukwila and Kent school districts.
The study outlines that anyone who moves frequently, stays with relatives, spends the bulk of their income on housing, has lived in a car, tent, shelter, streets, hotel, or motel is welcomed to participate in the study.
Equity in Education executive director and co-founder Sharonne Navas said in an email that the study is guided by those experiencing homelessness and it’s aimed to “facilitate community based participation” by “running focus groups, interviews, and online surveys to capture the lived experience of our communities.”
The study is looking for people of color who are willing to fill out a short survey and attend an in person focus group. Survey participants will be entered into a $25 Visa gift card raffle. The organizations are also holding five two-hour focus groups in late May and early June. Those who participate in one of the two-hour focus groups will be given a $40 Visa gift card.
Additionally school personnel may also participate if they currently know students and people experiencing housing instability. Their survey is available online as well.