Initiative to help homeless children in East Tenn.

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (AP) -- Officials have launched a three-year project that aims to help homeless children in East Tennessee.

The Tri-Cities area of Tennessee is one of nine communities across the nation to participate in the program offered by the National Association for Education of Homeless Children and Youth.

The organization's legal director, Patricia Julianelle, told the Johnson City Press that the area was selected because it has a large number of homeless students attending public schools and a high number of calls to the National Runaway Switchboard.

Julianelle says the goal of the project to improve services for unaccompanied homeless children and youths so that they meet education and employment goals.

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