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Report Shows Dramatic Increases in Homeless Children

House Holds Hearings on Administration Actions that Threaten the Welfare of Children

David Weber, PHADA Policy Analyst

In January 2020, the National Center for Homeless Education at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro issued a report showing that children who experienced homelessness at some point in the prior three years increased by 15 percent between the 2015–2016 school year and the 2017–2018 school year. Sixteen states saw increases of 10 percent or more. The number of students in unsheltered situations increased by 137 percent. More than 1.5 million public school students nationwide said they were homeless at some point during the 2017–2018 school year. This is almost double the nearly 680,000 homeless students reported in 2004–2005. The report can be viewed here.

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