Friday, January 31, 2014

Homeless Kids in Missouri and How You Can Help recently reported on new information from the Department of Education re: homelessness in the United States, especially as it impacts school age children. 1.1 million students, grades K-12, were homeless during the 2011-2012 school year, and the actual number may be even greater than this, "because irregular class attendance and changing addresses mean homeless kids are difficult to track." Causes for the high numbers are linked to an overall increase in poverty nationwide, and a shortage of affordable rental properties.

The top ten worst states for homeless students are, from #10 to #1: Oklahoma, Missouri, Idaho, Vermont, South Dakota, Wyoming, Michigan, North Carolina, Maine, and North Dakota. In our own state, the "average age of a homeless person is seven" and the number of homeless children is increasing by more than 20% annually.

While there's no simple solution for this, there are ways you can help:

Related posts:
Shaming the Poor - What Does It Cost Us?
We Need a New System of Economics
Women Bear the Brunt of Hunger
Poverty and Hunger (Blog Action Day)

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