North Carolina Coalition to End Homelessness

2011-2012 Education Department Numbers on Homeless Youth

Over the 2011-2012 school year, 1.166 million school age children and youth experienced homelessness as defined by the Department of Education (ED), according to a new report. The ED definition is broader than the definition used by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The ED definition includes children defined as homeless by HUD (children who are unsheltered, living in emergency shelters, or living in transitional housing programs) in addition to children living in doubled-up arrangements due to economic challenges and children who are living in motels paid for by their parents.

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.

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