Providing urban high school athletes with a stable residential environment while engaging their family, school, and community as a supportive network.
WHY OAT ACADEMY
ORANGE COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS (OCPS)
As of June 7, 2018 there were 3,491 high school 9th-12th grade homeless students. Many are not recorded.
Most of these students are doubled up with family, friends, and peers. Homeless students trail their housed peers in attendance, academics, and disciplinary indicators. The lack of affordable housing for families with children and developmentally appropriate housing options for unaccompanied youth is a root cause of students’ homelessness.
Why the Need?
Our region currently has 13 affordable and available rental homes per 100 households, down from 17 in 2018 where Orlando was tied for second worst housing with Los Angeles. National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC) analyzed data from the American Communities Survey juxtaposed with the Area Median Income to determine the affordability gap in all 50 states and major metropolitan areas.
The lack of affordable housing for families with children and developmentally appropriate housing options for unaccompanied youth is a root cause of students’ homelessness. 60% of residents in Orange, Osceola and Seminole Counties making less than $30,000 have to spend half of their income on rent, which leaves little to no income for other necessities like transportation, healthcare or even childcare.
Orange County Public School (OCPS) as of June, 2018 there were 3,491 high schools—9th– 12th grade students homeless. Many are not recorded. For more information shimbrg.ufl.edu
The Problem and Opportunity
Reduce high school and unstable athletes in the community while stabilizing the families.
Increasing collaboration to meet our homeless community housing needs with Social Services.
Building a community of strength relationally and financially as a result of collaboration.
Bringing revenue back into the city proper.
How the partnerships and cITY Facility would alleviate the problems
The goal would be to have a residential environment to house the athletes during their sport season and/or year.
As the athlete becomes stabilized through their season, the collaboration with the city will help stabilize the family as a whole.
As the city homeless services get involve, we can see the opportunities for job training, GED fulfillment and resume preparation.
The homeless being serve actually move from consumerism to producers. They become capable to invest through their skills and resources to provide a sustainable environment for their family.
Build relationships between businesses/ organizations and schools that enhance student learning and provide students with even more opportunities for success.