Lynnette Kennedy is the new Home/School/Community Liaison for Hardin County Schools.
Her main duty is to ensure that students and their families know where to turn if they are going through home displacement or other housing issues. She utilizes community resources and works with agencies to help families find short-term solutions.
“We want to eliminate any possible barriers children have to being in the classroom,” Kennedy said. “When a student or family reports their displacement to our Family Resource Center or Youth Service Center coordinators, I step in and encourage those students to trust me to help them and put their mind back on school. We all know that studying and school work are not on a child’s mind if they do not know where they are going to sleep that night.”
Kennedy says she sees herself as a home displacement/housing education coach. She assists students and their families who are facing a housing crisis or on the verge of having a housing crisis.
“We hope to teach people how to fish,” she added. “We don’t want to just give them a fish that someone else has pulled from the lake. We want to help students and families know that there are opportunities for them to succeed.”
She started in her new role earlier this month and has already helped six “accompanied minors” – a term that defines approximately 18-year-old students who may be deemed as someone who can legally make decisions for themselves, yet do not have the knowledge to find housing solutions for themselves. She is currently working with ten families that are in a crisis housing situation.
“I’m looking forward to also starting ‘The First 48’ program,” Kennedy said. “We hope to engage with agencies and individuals throughout the various parts of the county and discover ways they can provide immediate assistance within the first 48 hours of home displacement. If we can bring immediate help, it shows the students and their families that there is hope and that long-term solutions are within reach.”
Those who work with or know of agencies or individuals who can help with immediate care after home displacement are encouraged to contact Lynnette Kennedy at 270-352-3348 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.