Native Village Youth and Education News

April 1, 2009 Issue 196 Volume 3

Report: 1 in 50 American children homeless
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The National Center on Family Homelessness says that, from 2005-2006, more than 1,500,000 homeless children were living in the United States. That means 1 out of every 50 kids don't have a home. And the numbers are growing.

"These numbers will grow as home foreclosures continue to rise," said Ellen Bassuk, NCFH president.

The study is titled "America's Youngest Outcasts: State Report Card on Child Homelessness." It ranks states on their performance in four areas: the extent of child homelessness, the risk for it, child well-being and the state's policy and planning efforts.

"The consequences to our society will play out for decades," Bassuk said. "As we bail out the rest of our nation, it is also time to come to their aid."

Homeless children have poor health, emotional problems and low graduation rates, the study found.

The report recommends that children receive more support when school is interrupted as they lose their homes. l It also suggests increasing services to address the trauma of homelessness.

According to "America's Youngest Outcasts: State Report Card on Child Homelessness:"

  The states with the poorest ratings are Texas, Georgia, Arkansas, New Mexico and Louisiana.
  Those with the best ratings are Connecticut, New Hampshire, Hawaii, Rhode Island and North Dakota.
 42% of homeless children are younger than 6.
  African-American and Native American children are disproportionately represented.
  More than 1 in 7 homeless children have moderate to severe health conditions, such as asthma.
  Approximately 1,160,000 homeless children today will not graduate from high school.

Read the report and view the statistics:


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