More than a million homeless students in the U.S.!
Last December, we gave you a brief summary of The National Center on Family Homelessness’ latest report about child homelessness in America. “…The number of homeless children and youth in America continues to increase,” stated Ellen Bassuk, MD, President of The National Center on Family Homelessness.
Well, the U.S. Department of Education just released data on the number of homeless students for the 2010-2011 school year. Sadly, for the first time in history, public schools reported more than one million homeless children and youth. That’s a 13 percent increase over the 2009-2010 school year!
As for Florida specifically, we have the fourth highest enrollment of homeless students in the nation. Shockingly, 5 percent of all homeless students in the U.S. are in our state – nearly 56,000 school kids!
Coalition for the Homeless is the largest residential facility for children in Central Florida. Nearly one out of every three people we serve is a child, with an average age of eight. We offer a wide variety of services to meet the needs of homeless children and every school-aged youngster here attends public school. As Ellen Bassuk said, “A good education can put children and youth who are homeless on the path to a brighter future.”