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Report: Number of Homeless Children in US at Record High

By    |   Monday, 17 Nov 2014 10:49 AM

One in every 30 children in the U.S. is homeless, marking a record high for the nation, according to the National Center on Family Homelessness, Washington, D.C.'s CBSLocal reports.

From 2012 to 2013, 31 states and the District of Columbia saw their child homelessness rates spike, with a record 2.5 million homeless at some point during that year, according to a report, "America's Youngest Outcasts," which calculated its figures using data from the U.S. Department of Education’s public school count of homeless children as well as 2013 U.S. Census data.

By contrast, 1.5 million children were reported homeless in 2006 and 1.6 million by 2010, the center noted in its study.

Thirteen states and the District saw child homelessness rates rise by 10 percent or more with Alabama having the worst and Minnesota posting the least rates.

The center identified six "major causes." Among them were: the nation's high poverty rate; lack of affordable housing; continuing impact of the Great Recession; racial disparities; challenges of single parenting; as well as "the ways in which traumatic experiences, especially domestic violence, precede and prolong homelessness for families."

While the federal government has focused on cutting veteran homelessness as well as helping homeless adults, a similar effort should also be directed at children, noted the national center's director, Carmela DeCandia, The Huffington Post reported.

"The same level of attention and resources has not been targeted to help families and children," DeCandia noted. "As a society, we're going to pay a high price, in human and economic terms."

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