Wednesday, April 1, 2009

One in fifty American children was homeless in 2005-2006.

We estimate that approximately 1,555,360 children living in families had no place to call home in 2005-2006. Using the definition of homelessness delineated by the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act,21 we based the number on data collected by 12,550 Local Education Agencies22 as mandated by this Act. For a discussion of systems that identify homeless children and federal definitions of homelessness, see Appendix 1.

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