How Many Homeless Children are in the USA?
- One in every 30 American children goes to sleep without a home of his or her own each year.
- Approximately 2.5 million children are homeless annually in the United States.
- The recession has led to a 50% increase in students identified as homeless in school districts throughout the country.
- There are over 400,000 children and youth served in foster care each year in the United States.
How Many Homeless Children are there in California?
- California’s homeless children represent 21% of the homeless students in the United States.
- California ranks 46 out of 50 in number of homeless children.
- 334,131 California children experience homelessness each year.
- Families with young children now account for one third of the homeless population.
- The percentage of students who experience homelessness in California is twice the rate of the national average.
- Two counties served by School on Wheels are in the top 5 highest percentage of homeless students: Santa Barbara (10.9%) and San Bernardino (8.1%).
- 163,435 students have been identified as living in homeless situations by school districts in the counties School on Wheels currently provides tutoring and mentoring services to.
- There are 63,744 homeless children in Los Angeles County.
- 30,542 children have been identified as homeless in Orange County.
- There are 22, 244 homeless students in Riverside County.
- There are 7,270 homeless students in Santa Barbara County.
- There are 33,274 homeless children in San Bernardino County.
- 6,361 children have been identified as homeless in Ventura County.
How Many Homeless Children are there in Los Angeles County?
- There has been a 23.5% increase of homeless people in Los Angeles County in 2013. Only New York City has a higher homeless population.
- 190,207 residents of Los Angeles County are homeless at some point over the course of the year.
- Nearly one quarter of all homeless people are children, under the age of 18.
- Over 63,000 homeless youth are enrolled in LA County Schools, of which 13,794 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.
- National Center on Family Homelessness
- National Center for Homeless Education
- National Alliance to End Homelessness
- National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth
- School on Wheels Press Kit 2013
- 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
- Books dealing with homelessness
- Interactive map of homeless students in California