Homelessness among children hits record

11/5/2013 | Atlantic Cities, The

Homelessness among children in the U.S. increased 72% from 2008 to 2011, according to data from the Department of Education. Homelessness affected more than 1.1 million children in preschool through 12th grade in 2011, according to the department. "One of the toughest things about this issue is that many of these families are invisible," said Cara Baldari, senior policy director and legal counsel for First Focus, an advocacy group. Research has found that homelessness raises children's risk of illness, hunger and emotional and behavioral problems.

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