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On this 233rd birthday weekend many of America’s youngest aren’t doing so well. One of the effects of the bursting economic bubbles, like so many firework chrysanthemums across the sky, is that children are increasingly being exposed to the worst this nation has to offer. The job losses, foreclosures, increased costs and decreased wages are putting kids out onto the streets. In my State of Arizona the number of school aged children now homeless has passed 25,000. That is an 18% increase over the last year. Not having shelter from the intense summer heat of the desert can be quite deadly, quite quickly.
According to this March 2009 report on national child homelessness, America’s Youngest Outcasts: State Report Card on Child Homelessness Arizona ranks 36th overall with a risk ranking of 45th. In numbers, this means “of the 933,000 children living in poverty in Arizona, one out of every twenty-five (4% ) are homeless.”
Flip below to find out about how many kids are homeless in your state and what you can do about it.
This photograph shows the ranks by color of the state of child homelessness across the United States. An interactive version of this map will provide the data relevant to your own state here. Look up your city stats here.
The National Center on Family Homelessness currently estimates that as many as one in 50 U.S. children (1.5 million) are homeless or “precariously housed” in temporary quarters such as motels and shelters. As home foreclosures and job layoffs continue, the number of at-risk children will likely rise. source
Again, in the last year Arizona,
had the nation’s seventh-largest homeless-student population. Since then, unemployment rose, foreclosures climbed and 4,000 more students statewide became homeless.
Statistics show that about two-thirds of the state’s homeless students live in the Phoenix metropolitan area.
To help give homeless students a minimum level of stability, districts and charter schools are racing to meet a Friday deadline to apply for a federal stimulus grant.
The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act provided Arizona $1.9 million to give homeless children as young as preschool age equal access to free public education.
So far, 25 of the 187 eligible K-12 districts and charter schools have been awarded funds. Source
Given that Arizona’s state budget remains in limbo, with all funding for k-12 veto’d by the Governor until the Republican dominated Legislature can be strongarmed into giving a shit, things are pretty darn scary here in the land of saguaros.
Many other States are in the same bad shape. The life rafts are deflating for those who need them most. Please take the time to look up the stats on the levels of child homelessness in your States, Counties and Cities. If you do it now, post what you find in the comments.
Soon, next week, this month, if you can, do what you can to help out. Start by knowing the extent of the problem and by following the trend. Find out what resources are being allocated and what resources are being diminished or cut off. This kind of knowledge empowers.