(KCBS) — The only shelter they can call their own is their desk. They live in their family’s car, or in shelters, or camped out in cold, wet tents, as they try to study, write reports, and pull themselves up. This is their multi-part story, in a Doug Sovern KCBS Cover Story series.
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Despite years of trying to end homelessness, the number of homeless children in California, and the Bay Area, is at an all-time high.
Being a kid at school is hard enough without having to worry about where you and your family will sleep that night. So imagine juggling homework and peer pressure while living in a shelter, on the street, or in someone’s spare room—but that’s the reality for many children across the state.
Soaring housing costs in the Bay Area and worsening domestic violence are just part of what are driving the increase in family homelessness.
More than 20,000 Bay Area schoolchildren are learning tough life lessons beyond the classroom because they are homeless. So just how are local school districts coping with this record number of homeless students?
More than 20,000 Bay Area schoolchildren are homeless and in California that rate is twice the national average. So what are school districts and local governments doing to address the crisis?