SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) – Nearly 270,000 California public school students were homeless at some point during the last school year, according to a new report that finds the number of homeless students is growing at twice the national rate.
Data released Wednesday by the California Homeless Youth Project shows homelessness among school children has doubled since the 2010-2011 school year, from four percent to eight percent of all students enrolled at public schools. Director Shahera Hyatt said nearly 20,000 Bay Area school children homeless at some point in the last year.
“Homelessness is not localized,” she said, “just in Los Angeles and San Francisco. It’s really a problem throughout the state.”