Has the number of homeless students identified in your state increased?Education Housing & Homelessness Poverty & Family Economics
The U.S. Department of Education recently published data identifying 1,360,747 homeless public school students in the 2013-2014 school year, up 8 percent from the previous school year.
These homeless students face many unique challenges as they navigate their daily lives and education. Many are invisible in our communities, living in run down motels or temporarily staying with friends or relatives, as homeless shelters are often unavailable or full. Approximately 90,000 of these students are living on their own and face the significant risk of being physically or sexually abused.
The map below details where each state’s numbers rank. It is not always clear whether changes from year-to-year are result of shifts in reporting of homeless students, or reflective of changes in the population of homeless students. Regardless, this data is critical for identifying the needs of these students and getting them assistance.
Check to see where your state lies in reporting the number of homeless students. Then learn how a bill is currently being considered in Congress to assist these students and urge your representatives to take action in supporting this vulnerable population.
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Want to learn more? First Focus Campaign for Children is a bipartisan organization advocating to making children and families the priority in federal policy and budget decisions. Read more about our work on housing and homelessness.