The Homeless Education Network has its roots in a 2009 research report conducted by Dr. Peter Miller and Dr. James Schreiber, both associate professors in the Duquesne University School of Education. The report investigated educational conditions and outcomes of homeless students in Allegheny County through surveys and focus groups with 150 parents and 40 staff members at 15 homeless housing agencies. Almost unanimously, the parents and staff members talked about a need for stronger connections among homeless families, schools, and community agencies.
HCEF responded to that call. HCEF secured seed funding from The Pittsburgh Foundation to hold a community summit to generate members. Since then, the network has continued to grow steadily, with promising results.
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