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How Schools Serve Homeless Students

Homeless families are often invisible in the communities where they live, though more than 50,000 families with children experienced homelessness last year and over 1 million school-age children were identified as homeless in 2020, according to the National Center for Homeless Education.

The homeless population most visible to society at large is single adults. And the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's definition of “homeless” – people living in shelters or places not meant for human habitation – excludes most families, who are usually unsafely “doubled up” with other families or relatives.


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