Historic increases in the number of children and youth experiencing homelessness

Posted by People’s Emergency Center on February 21, 2016

Report: Historic increases in the number of homeless children in PA, US

Last November the National Center for Homeless Education released their federal data summary on the education of homeless youth and children. The policy department at People’s Emergency Center(link is external) compared federal data to the Pennsylvania Department of Education’s report, hoping to shed some light on where Pennsylvania falls in the national context of childhood homelessness. Here are some highlights:

*There was a 6.7 percent national increase in the number of homeless students enrolled in school from school years 2012-13 and 2013-14

*Both statewide and nationally. most homeless students are living doubled up, rather than in shelters.

*24,504 children and youth experienced homelessness in Pennsylvania during the 2013-14 school year.

To read the full report, go here.


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