Local News Next Louisville

By Sheila Ash

Representatives from Jefferson County Public Schools, the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Human Services and Family Court will participate Friday in a summit aimed at assisting homeless students, called “Homeless-Not Helpless.”

Metropolitan Housing Coalition Executive Director Cathy Hinko says there’s been a disturbing trend in student homelessness.

“More and more families have less and less and are unable to sustain themselves economically,” she said.

During the 2009-2010 school year, more than 10,000 students in Jefferson County were classified at some point as homeless.

The day-long event Friday at Hotel Louisville will include various presentations and discussions.

Rick Howlett is host of WFPL's weekly talk show, "In Conversation."