California Homeless Youth Project, Voices from the Street: California’s Homeless Students: A Growing Population (2014)
Shahera Hyatt, Brynn Walzer, and Patricia Julianelle, California Research Bureau
Search Terms: education, homeless students, California, policy, data collection
Summary: Children experiencing homelessness encounter many obstacles to their education. This brief identifies what we know about the size of California’s homeless youth population in the educational sytem and provides statewide data on the numbers of homeless youth by county and legislative district, obtained from the U.S. Department of Education’s Education for Homeless Children and Youth Data Collection Summary for the 2011-2012 and 2012-2013 school years. The brief concludes with recommendations for improving educational success for homeless students and suggests ways to increase state and local capacity for data collection.