Estimated One Million Students Homeless

Monday, September 07, 2009

How exactly is a child supposed to do their homework when they don’t even have a home at the end of the school day? That’s the problem one million school children now face in the United States, according to data collected by the National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth. The number of homeless students has leaped in the last three years, from the 679,000 reported by the advocacy group in 2006-2007. The surges in unemployment and foreclosures are the biggest reasons for the jump to a million homeless students, creating additional barriers for children and teens to get a quality education.

In one school district in Buncombe County, North Carolina, the number of homeless students increased by 80% in just one year. School officials have tried to accommodate these students by providing special bus service to shelters, motels, trailer parks, RV campgrounds—wherever their families settle down for the night.


-Noel Brinkerhoff, David Wallechinsky
Surge in Homeless Pupils Strains Schools (by Erik Eckholm, New York Times)
The Economic Crisis Hits Home: The Unfolding Increase in Child & Youth Homelessness (by Barbara Duffield and Phillip Lovell, National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth and First Focus) (pdf)
Student Attends UCLA without a Place to Call Home (by Chris Bendenev, Daily Bruin)


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