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Youth Homelessness Has Dropped, Feds Report (But It’s Complicated)

Housing & Homelessness
Poverty & Family Economics

Education Week

By Evie Blad

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development estimates that there were 127,787 homeless children in the United States in 2015, a 5.8 percent drop from 2014. But other agencies and youth advocates dispute that figure.

In HUD’s 2015 point-in-time homeless count, 23 percent of all homeless people were children under the age of 18, the agency reported Thursday. That includes 4,667 unaccompanied youths under 18. Overall, the nation saw a 2 percent drop in homelessness, according to HUD’s estimates…

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