“One child in 50 will be homeless…”

By on March 17, 2009. Posted in . Tagged as , , , , .

According to the Associated Press, as reported in the Tacoma News Tribune, “One U.S. child in 50 takes turn being homeless.” The article continues:

One of every 50 American children experiences homelessness, according to a new report that says most states have inadequate plans to address the worsening problem. The report being released today (3/10/09) by the National  Center on Family Homelessness gives Conneticut the best ranking. Texas is at the bottom. Washington is in the middle at 25th. The report’s overall state rankings reflect performance in four areas: child homelessness per capita, child well-being, risk for child homelessness, and state policy and planning. The report analyzes data from 2005-6. It estimates that 1.5 million children experienced homelessness at least once that year.

And if that was ’05-’06, who knows what that number is now…? These are heartbreaking numbers – but believable – and ones we are working hard to reverse. Take a look around the next time you pick your child up at school…how many of those children waiting for a parent don’t have a safe home to sleep in tonight? A car is a hard place for a first grader to grow up…