‘Invisible’ Homeless Kids Challenge StatesHousing & Homelessness
By Teresa Wiltz
Chances are you won’t see one of the nation’s fastest growing homeless populations camped out on a park bench or queuing up at a local shelter. One in 30 of American children is homeless—an all-time high of 2.5 million, according to a new report by the National Center on Family Homelessness (NCFH). But these kids are often invisible, crashing with their families on friends’ couches, sleeping in all-night diners or hopping from motel to motel from week to week.
Some states have begun to focus on helping such children, but their efforts are being complicated by the way the federal government counts them…