Education Department Releases Numbers on Homeless Youth
In Massachusetts, the public schools identified more than 15,000 homeless children attending classes during the 2011-2012 school year. This number represents a 15% increase in the number of homeless children served by the public schools in the past two years.
Over the 2011-2012 school year, 1.166 million school age children and youth across the country experienced homelessness as defined by the Department of Education (ED), according to a new report. The report found that the vast majority of the children, 880,000, are doubled up. Another 287,000 reside in emergency shelter or transitional housing programs, motels, or are without shelter altogether. While this report focused on school-age children, homeless school liaisons typically report working with 30,000 preschool children and 15,000 children under the age of 2 who also experience homeless as defined by ED over a school year.