Number Of Homeless Students In America Is Rising RapidlyHousing & Homelessness
Troubling as these numbers are, they likely understate the problem of homelessness among the young, the First Focus Campaign for Children said in a statement. The nonprofit pointed out that the data do not include children too young for school or those not enrolled in public schools.
“A record number of homeless students mean a record number of our children being exposed to sexual trafficking, abuse, hunger, and denial of their basic needs,” said Bruce Lesley, president of the First Focus Campaign for Children. “The new data means that a record number of kids in our schools and communities are spending restless nights in bed-bug infested motels and falling more behind in school by the day because they’re too tired and hungry to concentrate.”