76,000 Live Unaccompanied
Over the 2012-2013 school year, 1.3 million school children experienced homelessness as defined by the Department of Education (DOE), according to statistics released September 22, 2013. In addition, the DOE found:
- About 230,000 school children’s primary nighttime residence was an emergency shelter or an unsheltered location,
- The vast majority of identified students (75 percent) were living in doubled-up situations, and
- An estimated 76,000 were unaccompanied by family.
The DOE’s goal is to ensure that all students receive a stable education regardless of their parents’ abilities to pay for housing. As such, the definition used to count homeless students differs from the definition the U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) uses to count homeless persons and includes families and children who live in doubled-up arrangements and in hotels and motels paid for by their parents.
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