The District has decided to extend a shuttle service that transports children experiencing homelessness from New York Avenue to their schools, which was originally scheduled to end mid-March.
The service will go on until the end of the academic year, in a move that came in response to reactions from parents and advocates to the planned termination, according to WAMU.
Paul Kihn, a spokesperson for Deputy Mayor for Education, announced earlier this week that the city will keep offering the service to homeless kids until the last school day in June.
Taking off from outside the Days Inn on New York Avenue two times on every weekday, the shuttle carries students and their parents who stay in motel shelters to two Metro stations, which are 10 minutes away.
The service that started in January 2020 as part of a pilot program is considered essential for homeless individuals living in this part of the city as means of public transit is highly insufficient, according to parents and advocates.