Is this accurate?
The National Center on Family Homelessness estimates more than 1.5 million children are without a home. One in 50 children is homeless in the United States every year.
The report, by the National Center on Family Homelessness, analyzed data from 2005-06 and found that more than 1.5 million children were without a home.
The study ranked states on their performance in four areas: the extent of child homelessness, the risk for it, child well-being and the state’s policy and planning efforts.
The states that fared the poorest were Texas, Georgia, Arkansas, New Mexico and Louisiana.
Connecticut, New Hampshire, Hawaii, Rhode Island and North Dakota performed the best.
Homeless children have poor health, emotional problems and low graduation rates, the study found. Duh.
- 42 percent of homeless children are younger than 6.
- African-American and Native American children are disproportionately represented.
- More than 1 in 7 homeless children have moderate to severe health conditions, such as asthma.
- Approximately 1.16 million of homeless children today will not graduate from high school.
How can the number of homeless families be accurately measured if many of them have no home or identifiably way determine who they are- are they ‘nomadic’?
Does this study include runaways, throwaways etc?
If this study is within even 10% of accuracy, it is a scary prospect to consider and possibly a reflection of many things including a political climate and recession.
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