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PR Evacuee children - latest student enrollment count, and general info on SNAP/cash cases

​Thanks to all who made the Boston SNAP Coalition meeting. 

Below is data from the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) regarding the number of children who have fled from PR to MA and enrolled in MA public schools. Springfield, Worcester, New Bedford and Boston have the most. Diana Santiago of Mass Advocates for Children shipped over this DESE data last night.  See also MassLive article regarding children with special needs.

The Baker Admin is tracking requests for services from evacuees from Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria  (e.g. PR, FL, LA and TX). Schools have been asked by DESE to report increased enrollment as well, which is the basis of this data. 

Also, DTA reported recently to advocates, and confirmed at the Boston  SNAP Coalition yesterday, that they have taken roughly 2,000 SNAP and/or cash assistance applications from PR  evacuee households - mostly SNAP only (we do not have a breakdown).  The state anticipates a significant influx of PR evacuees in the coming months as families leave the island. DTA reported that many PR evacuee adults are quickly finding jobs, which may partially explains why households are applying for SNAP only benefits. 

PLEASE keep us informed of what you are seeing any any legal resource you need for your Hurricane-evacuee clients. 

PR children enrolled in MA Public Schools

As of 11/27 -  1,404 total.

Name        Count

Springfield    321

Worcester    185

New Bedford    107

Holyoke    104

Boston    100

Southbridge    57

Chicopee    56

Lawrence    54

Lowell    53

Fall River    51

Fitchburg    44

Leominster    39

Lynn    22

Brockton    20

West Springfield    13

Framingham    10

Haverhill    10

Westfield    10

Gardner    8

Pittsfield    8

Brookline    7

Salem    7

Waltham    7

Chelsea    6

Greenfield    6

Marlborough    6

Malden    5

Peabody    5

Taunton    4

Webster    4

Spencer-E Brookfield    4

Cambridge    3

Everett    3

Milford    3

Revere    3

Woburn    3

Bridgewater-Raynham    3

Hawlemont    3

Braintree    2

Carlisle    2

Danvers    2

Hudson    2

Marblehead    2

Marion    2

Northbridge    2

Palmer    2

Winchester    2

Narragansett    2

Old Rochester    2

Attleboro    1

Avon    1

Barnstable    1

Bedford    1

Douglas    1

Dracut    1

East Longmeadow    1

Gloucester    1

Hadley    1

Leicester    1

Lexington    1

Ludlow    1

Mansfield    1

Northampton    1

North Reading    1

Shrewsbury    1

Swampscott    1

Swansea    1

Ware    1

Weymouth    1

Winchendon    1

Pioneer Valley Performing Arts Charter Public (District)    1

Hampden Charter School of Science East (District)    1

Dennis-Yarmouth    1

Nashoba    1

Northboro-Southboro    1

Pioneer Valley    1

Southeastern Regional Vocational Technical    1


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