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Junior College Will Teach Homeless to Teach Other Homeless to Read

June 8, 1989

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) _ A community college has received a $105,000 federal grant for a two-year program in which some homeless people will be taught to teach other homeless people to read.

″The idea behind it is they need tutoring, but they also need assistance from people who understand their particular needs,″ said Paul Trautmann, resource development officer for Florida Community College. ″It’s like peer counseling in high schools and colleges.″

Under the program, literate homeless people will be paid $4 per hour to tutor illiterate homeless people. The community college hopes that teaching more to read will take them off the street and put them back in the workforce.

Trautmann estimates at least 500 people will learn to read each year through the program, which he plans to start about July 1.

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