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Who Are You, And Why Are You Living On My Street? A Report On America's Homeless Children

By Theodora Filis

It is estimated that as many as 50,000 youth sleep on the streets in the United States, and evidence suggests that the problem is real and growing.
More families entered the homeless shelter system in September of 2011 than in any other month since data has been collected – 25 years ago. An estimated 600,000 Americans are currently homeless, including nearly 70,000 veterans, according to the recently released The State of Homelessness in America from the National Alliance to End Homelessness.
US rates are alarmingly high: 21 homeless per 10,000 people across the country.
Compared with low-income housed children, homeless children experience more health problems, developmental delays, increased anxiety, depression, behavioral problems, and lower educational achievement. Young people who are too old for foster care and too young to apply for social services face devastating short- and long-term consequences from being forced to survive on the streets.

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