Homeless Student Population Reaches New High In America

The comforts of home are lost on nearly 1.5 million U.S. school students who are reportedly homeless, according to the National Center for Homeless Education. While many homeless students stay with friends or family members when they can, 7% of them live in abandoned buildings or inside cars.

"Homeless children are in crisis mode, and because they don't have the luxury of focusing on school, they often fall behind," Amanda Clifford, of the National Youth Forum on Homelessness (NYFH), told the BBC.

The housing crisis seems to take the lion's share of the blame, as millions are paying over half of their income trying to pay rent or a mortgage.

Increasing rent prices, an insecure gig economy and the opioid crisis have also contributed to seeing homeless student numbers double since 2004-05.

Read the full report by the National Centre for Homeless Education here.

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