Whittier Schools Get $200,000 to Fight Poverty and Homelessness

Los Angeles County Supervisor Janice Hahn presented 10 school districts in Whittier with $20,000 checks at the Whittier Area School Trustees Association event on Thursday, Sept. 21. The money, which comes from Hahn’s discretionary funds, will be used to address issues such as student poverty and homelessness. 

“Even though schools aren’t in the county’s jurisdiction, I always say you and I are serving the same constituents,” Hahn said. “We’re both serving the kids and we’re serving their parents, it’s the same thing, and anything I can do to work with you to improve their quality of life that’s what I’m going to do.”

“Schools are the frontlines of all the big problems,” Hahn told the San Gabriel Valley Tribune. “They see it first and if that money can go towards helping students who are in poverty or who may be homeless or may be food insecure, I think it will make a big difference.”  

The following districts received checks:

  • Whittier Union High School District
  • Rio Hondo College
  • El Rancho Unified School District
  • Norwalk-La Mirada School District
  • Whittier City School District
  • Los Nietos School District
  • South Whittier School District
  • East Whittier City School District
  • Lowell Joint School District
  • Little Lake City School District

With the funds, low-income or unhoused students can get food assistance, clothing, school supplies, emergency housing assistance or help with transportation costs.

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