Dr. Karen Barber

Housing the homeless: Local pilot housing program sees success

Housing the homeless: Local pilot housing program sees success

Editor’s note: John’s name has been altered for privacy reasons. As a single father of three children going to school in Navarre, John was making it work despite falling below the poverty line.  The family was living doubled up in a house in Navarre, a situation that meets the federal definition of homelessness, and John […]

Barber announces bid for superintendent

Barber announces bid for superintendent

Another face familiar to school district administration has thrown her hat into the ring in the 2020 race for Santa Rosa County school superintendent. Dr. Karen Barber made her intentions official Jan. 6 by prefiling with the Supervisor of Elections office. Barber currently serves as director of federal programs for the district, and she is […]

One paycheck away

One paycheck away

Roughly one in three families in Navarre is struggling to make ends meet, often one missed paycheck away from being unable to pay routine bills or even losing the family’s housing, according to the newest data from the Florida ALICE Report from United Way. ALICE stands for Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed.   Read the […]

Homeless students to receive housing through grant

Homeless students to receive housing through grant

A new housing grant will provide some of Santa Rosa’s more than 800 homeless students with a roof over their head. Santa Rosa School District Director of Federal Programs Karen Barber said the housing voucher pilot program would allow parents of identified students to receive a voucher that could be presented to qualified rental locations for […]

Group effort used to battle homelessness in school district

Group effort used to battle homelessness in school district

The Santa Rosa County School District isn’t simply trying to help the homeless students in its schools. Its goal is to break the cycle and end the problem. “Our goal is to provide students the resources and support to graduate from high school and transition to college and a career,” said Dr. Karen Barber, the […]