Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Study: One in 50 U.S. children are homeless

The National Center on Family Homelessness estimates more than 1.5 million children are without a home.

From CNN: A report issued this week states that 1.5 American children (using data from 2005-06) is homeless, which calculates to 1 in 50.

Walk into any public school. See the classroom with 30 kids in it? See the classroom next to it with another 30 kids? Statistically, one of those kids is homeless. That is, assuming that homeless children are able to attend school. Not all of them are. And assuming that the homeless children are school-age. According to the report, 42 percent are under age 6.

2 comments:

  1. Homeless kids probably can't attend school because their parents would be asked to show an electrical bill in order to register them... How terrible! :(

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  2. Hi Mary,

    If I'm not mistaken, there's a law on the books that homeless children have to be allowed to attend school. In fact, they have the right to attend the school they were in before they were homeless, even if they move out of district. I'm not sure about the hows, whys and wherefores.

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