Statistics Relating to Homeless Children
- One in every 45 American children goes to sleep without a home of their own each year.
- Approximately 1.6 million children are homeless annually in the United States.
- The recession has led to a 50% increase in students identified as homeless in schools districts throughout the country.
- There are over 400,000 children and youth served in foster care each year in the United States.
- California ranks 49 out of 50 in number of homeless children.
- 334,131 California children experience homelessness each year.
- Families with young children now account for 40% of the homeless population.
Los Angeles County
- The number of homeless people in Los Angeles is higher than any other US urban area.
- 141,737 residents of Los Angeles County are homeless at some point over the course of the year.
- Every night there are over 84,000 individuals homeless in LA County.
- Over 35,000 homeless youth are enrolled in LA County Schools, of which 13,445 are enrolled in LAUSD alone.
Accurate statistics regarding the number of homeless children are difficult to obtain. The homeless population is constantly in flux. The statistics are the most recent and admittedly under-estimated. Most counts do not specifically identify children, do not include families staying in motels or children living in group foster homes.
The following websites and pdf’s are useful tools to find out more about homelessness in the U.S. and how you can help.
- Fact Sheet explaining homelessness to high school students
- Fact Sheet: Youth Homelessness
- Press Kit 2011
- The Soloist (The Movie) – Humanizing Homelessness
- Fact Sheet explaining homelessness for K through grade 2
- Fact Sheet explaining homelessness for children in grades 3 through 5
- Fact Sheet explaining homelessness for middle school students
- Homeless Families and Children – The 2007 National Symposium on Homelessness Research