How Many Homeless Kids?

 

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Nov. 15, 2017

Groundbreaking Report on
Youth Homelessness!

Watch 2-1/2 min youth video filmed by HEAR US

Missed Opportunities: Youth Homelessness in America 
Voices of Youth Count - Chapin Hall at University of Chicago

Are We Really Counting America's Homeless Families? 
political commentary by Institute of Children, Poverty & Homelessness

Counting kids experiencing homelessness is like the saying about counting angels on the head of a pin. Be assured, the numbers are far higher than most could imagine, and the estimates HEAR US offers are conservative.

Despite the ongoing, growing level of families and youth becoming homeless in the past 30+ years, estimates of this population are extremely inaccurate and confusing. That’s another story for another day. 

HEAR US previously publicly stated that the U.S. has more than 3 million homeless kids.
The number as of June 2020 (CoVid numbers NOT included) is 
7.2 million - 8.2 million children experiencing homelessness in the US.
That number, an estimate, undoubtedly low, has been revised to factor in the latest research:

HOW MANY CHILDREN/YOUTH ARE HOMELESS IN THE U.S.?   
 SUBGROUPS OF CHILDREN, YOUTH AND YOUNG ADULTS ESTIMATED NUMBER  SOURCE 
Identified in school (PK - 12) 1.5 million

http://profiles.nche.seiservices.com/ConsolidatedStateProfile.aspx

Babies/toddlers (0 - 5 yo) 1.5 million

https://www.schoolhouseconnection.org/young-children-experiencing-homelessness-an-overview/

Unaccompanied youth (13 - 17) 700,000

https://voicesofyouthcount.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/VoYC-National-Estimates-Brief-Chapin-Hall-2017.pdf

Unaccompanied young adults (18 - 25) 3.5 million

https://voicesofyouthcount.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/VoYC-National-Estimates-Brief-Chapin-Hall-2017.pdf

Under-identified in schools*    
Estimated total infants-young adults identified  7.2 million  
Estimated total infants - young adults including under-identified* 8.2 million  

Another way of figuring, 4%, a conservative estimate, of 50 million school kids = 2 million experience homelessness.
That doesn’t include the little ones and the bigger ones not in school. 

It all boils down to TOO MANY! Time for action! 

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