There are over one million children in America who are not getting an education because they have no money and are also homeless. As many as 3.5 million Americans are homeless each year, one million being children. Most homeless people are families who have been thrust into series of unfortunate events that left them with no money. For those living in poverty or close to the poverty line, an everyday life issue that may be manageable for individuals with a higher income can be the final factor in placing them on the street. America can compare with Mexico because most people who are homeless in Mexico are families.
In 1998, the U.S Conference of Mayors’ survey of homelessness in 30 cities found that children under the age of 18 accounted for 25% of the urban homeless population. A 1987 Urban Institute study found that 51% of the homeless populations were between the ages of 31 and 50; other studies have found percentages of homeless persons aged 55 to 60 ranging from 2.5% to 19.4%. (National Coalition for the Homeless factsheet)
Homeless children is more of a problem than people realize. Children who are homeless have a greater chance of having heath problems than the other children since they do not have access to medical and dental care. "Children who lack a stable home are vulnerable to a number of adverse outcomes" (Child). These children are more likely to repeat a school grade, be expelled from school, and even drop out of high school. Most homeless children have experienced violence and they now suffer from anxiety and depression. There are two types of homeless children. One type is called "Family Homeless" which is when a child is separated from their parents and placed into foster care or they are living with some of their family members. The other type is called "Unaccompanied Youth" which is when children are out on their own and have no one with them which includes the runaway youth. It is very hard to count the number of homeless children because their living situation changes frequently.
In Eleanor J. Baders Homeless Campus article, it talks about numerous of students that were homeless while going to school. Some of the students continued schooling because they wanted their education without letting anyone know they were homeless, they should have spoken up for help or withdraw because it was hard for them to continue on. Some even camped out in the woods or even couch surf, because there was no other place for them to go. It was even hard for them to stay clean, and when the school was empty, and no one was around some of the students went to the gym to take showers. Some slept in their cars; because that was the only place, they could sleep in. It was a hard life for these students, especially the ones who had a child to take care of. It was hard for the parent because they could not feed and clean the child nor did they have anyone to take a cause of the child.
More than 269,000 California public school students don’t have a consistent place to call home at night. Most of these students range from preschool through 5th grade, and live in inadequate homes with friends or family, sleep in cars, or on the streets. Shockingly, only 15 percent of districts reported having no homeless students enrolled at their schools. Los Angeles, San Bernardino, and San Diego are some of the school districts that have the highest rates of homelessness in their student population. Brenda Dowdy, a liaison between the school and homeless students in San Bernardino County, recounts visiting a house that had 21 children and their parents staying in it, “There was no running water or a refrigerator. The kids had placed a mattress in a closet and treated it as if it were a room.”
There are varying estimates regarding the number of homeless people in America. According to reports from NLCHP the number of homeless people in America is 3 million which include 1.3 million children. ("Homelessness and Poverty, Overview," 1). As I am living in the state of California so I want you to take notice of the homelessness in this state. Estimates reveal that there are 4,400 to 8,800 homeless people in Foresno County (Della-Piana, 2006). The other areas like San Joaquin County has 2,700 people homeless (Farrow, 2009) and in Sacramento County there are similar number of homeless individuals. The situation has become worse due to financial crisis and financial conditions of foreclosures and layoffs. Other reasons are shortage of cheap housing and increase in inner city drug culture due to which homelessness increased in California's Central Valley.
Another huge portion of the homeless population is the youth. This is commonly overlooked probably for the sheer fact that it is hard to accept. It is hard to accept that there are teenagers and young adults who instead of attending $30,000 a year schools are left scrounging on the streets for their next warm meal. They are two completely different worlds that seem almost impossible to coexist. These high school to college aged men and women are most likely parentless. They are sometimes forced to rely on selling sex or drugs just to survive. Going through all of this at such a young age undoubtedly has an influence on these kids and puts them at maturity levels that are most likely more than twice that of their age. A life so hard for us
The word homeless typically does not bring to mind images of children and you but in reality, more than 100,000 and more children an experiencing homelessness have been identified by U.S. public schools every year since the 2015-16 school year. There so many homeless people living in the street in this world but for so many homeless student and school is the only stable place in their life. Despite being homeless, students spend as much time in class and on school topics as other non-homeless students. Many students need some kind of special care and attention to at least achieve the success in learning. Knowing every basic rules of working with such student, even the teacher can improve their chance to learn from the student. Being homeless and have to attended school could be hard because some kids would have something and the homeless won’t have something. Seeing some student homeless on the street it give other people bad feelings. Imagine student feeling lost and not even knowing what to do or where to sleep. There’s many problems that cause homelessness and most of that is cause by housing is unaffordable to the poor people and the other causes are include physical illness, mental illness
“The number of homeless children in the U.S. has rush forward in recent years to an all time high, amounting to one child in every 30”, the Department of Education's latest count of 1.3 million homeless children were in
Homelessness is all around the world, and many people have either dealt with the issue or had first-hand experience with it. Thus causes everyone to think about the possible solutions to such an important social and economic problem. Whether or not anyone wants to support or ignore the issue, it will always be there. However, the youth population is on the rise among the homeless. While the exact number of youth among the homeless is hard to determine, given various information about homelessness available and the age range that is considered youth, a 2012 survey from the Department of Education shows that 52,950 unaccompanied homeless youth were reported through school-based programs (Sparks 31). Homelessness among youth can be
According to the Coalition of the Homeless in August 2016, there were 15,501 homeless families with 23,929 homeless children sleeping in the NYC shelter system. There have been protests in many of these communities where shelters have been emerging to cater to the needs of our homelessness crisis, wanting the shelters out of their neighborhoods, as well as the children who reside in these shelters who attend the schools in the community. These children face the struggle and hardship of homelessness in addition to the stigma of being outcasts in these schools and communities. This has a traumatic impact on the child, affecting their self confidence and self-esteem. According to the Department of Education, 60% of students that live in the shelter
Historical people such as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, George Washington, Fraklin D Roosevelt, George Washington , Franklin D. Roosevelt, Rose Parks, President Barack Obama has influenced someone in a positive way to develop their life. In fact, I imagine that one day my name could be added to the list of influential people who has changed someone 's life in a positive way. Alternatively, my goal is that I would be known as a person who helped the younger generation to exceed in life. " In the Untied states more than 3.5 million people experience homelessness each year. 35% of the homeless population are families with children. Which is the fastest growing segment of the homeless population. 23% are United States military veterans". "The U.S. Department of Justice estimated that there are 1.6 million homeless and ran away youth in this country. Most are between the ages of 15-17 years old. they are equally divided between males and females. Furthermore about a third are black". Lastly, this problem must be solved.
In today’s society children becoming homeless and having to fend for themselves is wide-spread but homelessness in families also tends to be common (Jewel 2). This issue affects the human population in a very grave way which leaves one out of every fifty children experiencing this immense epidemic (Crary 1). The current recession, has caused sixteen percent of homeless children to be present in our country today and with the economy worsening this statistic will increase (Kingsbury 1).
With the number of homeless students on the rise, schools encounter new educational challenges that include: