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The Number of Homeless Children Is Rising Across the United States

The Rise of the Homeless Student

Homelessness is one of the most heartbreaking plights that plagues our country. I live in San Francisco and see the hallmarks of homelessness everyday, from those who make our parks their home to those asking for spare change by our neighborhood store. But one of the saddest things to see are the children that are homeless.

According to SF Gate, “In the city’s public schools, there are 2,200 homeless children, some in shelters, others in cars, or on couches, or in long-term hotel rooms.” And it’s a growing problem. “That’s 400 more homeless children than a year ago.” While 2,200 homeless school-age kids in San Francisco seems staggering to me, it is nothing compared to the amount in New York City.

The Daily News reports new numbers that say there are 19,000 (yes, 19,000) homeless children living in New York City. “Not since the grim days of the Great Depression has New York City had 20,000 children sleeping homeless each night,” Patrick Markee of the Coalition for the Homeless said.

The issue of homelessness is far-reaching. Back in June, the U.S Education Department reported that there were one million homeless students for the 2010-2011 school year.

The Huffington Post reported the rise in numbers, saying, “According to the new data, 44 states overall saw the number of homeless students increase. Fifteen states’ homeless student population increased by one fifth or more. The problem is particularly pronounced in recession-addled states like Michigan, where every single county reported homeless kids in their schools. In Kentucky, the number of homeless students increased by 47 percent over one year.”

Last year in Detroit there were reportedly 31,000 homeless students attending school, which was a 37 percent increase from the previous year. And in Chicago there were 17,255 homeless students in 2011-12, a record number for the windy city.

Are you surprised by these numbers?

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