“Thirteen students are classified as homeless in the Sahuarita Unified School District. YOTO defines homeless youth as students who, through no fault of their own, lack a parent or long-term legal guardian physically involved in their lives and a stable, permanent nighttime residence.
“Homeless doesn’t mean they are sleeping under a bridge and they often don’t look or act like anything is wrong because they are so good a hiding it,” said Daniela Zasa, a former teacher and YOTO student advocate at SUSD. “These kids may been couch-hopping from friend to friend or staying with another family. They just are not in their own homes or even in a permanent one, and eventually it starts to show.”
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YOTO Student Advocate Daniela Zasa helps students without a permanent home.