The Life of a Homeless Child

For those who have not read this widely distributed, five-part New York Times story, Invisible Child, please take a few moments to contemplate how many of our children are living a variation of this life with economic, food, medical, and educational insecurity.

According to 2010 U.S. Census data, approximately 20% of Indiana children are living below the poverty level.  A fact sheet on Indiana’s homeless children is available here.  The Campaign to End Child Homelessness has published a report, America’s Youngest Outcasts 2010, which includes other state-specific data.  StateImpact Indiana has published a report on the educational impact of homelessness in Indiana, including the increased financial burden of providing for children’s basic needs, such as the free school lunch program.  A 2009 issue brief from the Indiana Youth Institute details what services are available in Indiana for homeless children.

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