25% increase in LA’s Homeless Students from 2011-2016

LA County Schools who report a 25% increase in students experiencing homelessness between 2011-2016. (LACOE 2016) This represents a crisis for underfunded schools.  Kids suffering from homelessness, are nine times more likely to repeat a grade, four times more likely to drop out, and three times more likely to be placed in special education programs.   Compared with students who are merely low-income, homeless students suffer from higher rates of health and mental health problems, and lower graduation rates. Bottom line: Homeless students are rarely “just” homeless. They experience trauma, loss, instability, and are uniquely vulnerable. (Institute for Children, Poverty, and Homelessness, 2017)