More students homeless in county

The number of homeless students is rising across Johnson County due to families who can’t pay their rent or afford the deposits needed to rent an apartment or home.

This month, 208 students at Franklin schools are living in hotels or with multiple other families in one house or don’t have a parent or guardian looking after them. That’s up from 178 homeless students in September, community outreach coordinator Kim Spurling said.

Many of those families need help paying rent they already owe or affording the hundreds or thousands of dollars needed to cover the security deposit and first month’s rent at a new apartment or home, Spurling said.

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