The Recession Makes its Way into Education: Growing Number of Homeless Students

The economic downturn has forced more families and youth into poverty, leading to a 41% increase in homeless students in the nation’s schools over just the past two years.  At the same time, a one-time increase in federal funding for school-based efforts to identify and support homeless children and youth has enabled more school districts to provide more assistance.  The ability of schools to continue to provide this assistance, however, hinges on current budget decisions.  Read the First Focus brief on this issue. 10/04/2010