Friday, October 24, 2014

New Policy Brief Shows Highest Number Ever of Homeless Students in United States

Homelessness is an issue that we see often at PathWays PA. Our residential programs work with homeless families and girls to give them an opportunity to stabilize their lives.  As this policy brief from People's Emergency Center shows, the need for such services is growing.

This policy brief, based on reports from the National Center for Homeless Education, the United States General Accounting Office, and the Pennsylvania Department of Education, shows that the number of children and youth experiencing homelessness has now exceeded 1.26 million.

Some of the other findings include:
  • In 2013 19,459 children and youth in Pennsylvania experienced homelessness.
  • The number of homeless students enrolled in pre-kindergarten through 12th grade increased nationally by 8% between 2011-12 and 2012-13 school years.
  • Most homeless students are living doubled up with other families, not in shelters or in the outdoors.
Read the full report here.

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