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Written Testimony of Massachusetts Appleseed Center HB 1862 Unaccompanied Homeless Youth Bill (Massachusetts)
Of the 63,394 students who entered high school in our state in 2005, an estimated 24,280 never graduated. This unacceptably high dropout rate is cause for alarm for our community, economy and public safety.
Disrupting class, using profanity, misbehaving on a school bus, student fights, and truancy once meant a trip to the principal’s office. Today, such misbehavior results in a Class C misdemeanor ticket and a trip to court for thousands of Texas students and their families each year.
While some neighborhoods offer access to excellent public schools, well maintained parks, grocery stores with fresh food, safe streets, health-care facilities, and public transportation, others have few or none of these. Sadly it is often the low income, minority and immigrant families in New York City most in need of the best public resources that have least access to them.
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Representing the Urban League of Essex County, New Jersey Appleseed is winning their struggle to force the state’s energy company, PSE&G, to build an electronic switching station in their community that is compatible with the Fairmount Neighborhood Plan and the residential character of the community, a plan developed in full participation with the residents in the community.
Texas Appleseed filed a complaint (pdf) with the US Department of Housing and Urban Development charging that a resolution passed by League City to deny housing to child immigrants in the city violates both the Fair Housing Act and the Civil Rights Act.
In partnership with the Affordable Housing Coalition of South Carolina and other housing advocates, South Carolina Appleseed helped to create the William C. Mescher Local Housing Trust Fund Enabling Act of 2007, which grants local governments the authority to establish trust funds to address their communities’ housing needs.