A Look at Homeless Students in California
Housing costs in the state are a huge factor in the increase of the homeless population. A large number of people who are sleeping in cars and crowded areas are some of California’s 6 million k-12 students.
It’s estimated that about 200,000 K-12 students in the state are homeless. A students is considered homeless if they either live in a shelter, motel/hotel, automobile, campsite, transitional housing, or temporarily with another family, according to the McKinney-Vento Assistance Act.
The data is striking with more than 980 schools reporting that at least 10 percent of its students are homeless. Thirteen schools have a majority or all of its students identifying as homeless.
Norwalk High in Los Angeles County is home to the largest number of homeless students with a whopping 705 of its 2076 enrolled students identifying as such.
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