Homeless Students

April 5, 2013 • Volume 23, Issue 13
Should aid programs be expanded?
By Marcia Clemmitt


Dawn Loggins (Getty Images/The Charlotte Observer/McClatchy-Tribune/Diedra Laird)
Homeless student Dawn Loggins celebrates her high school graduation in Lawndale, N.C., last June. The straight-A student now attends Harvard. More than 1 million children and teenagers were homeless at some point during the 2010-2011 school year. (Getty Images/The Charlotte Observer/McClatchy-Tribune/Diedra Laird)

Students who change schools often because they lack stable housing are less likely to graduate, have lower attendance rates and are twice as likely to repeat a grade. Researchers say 75 percent of those who become homeless during their teen years drop out. Under federal law, most school districts have programs designed to help homeless students enroll and remain in school. In the 2010–2011 school year, the number of homeless students topped 1 million for the first time ever. A steady rise in that statistic since the 1980s, when the majority of homeless children did not attend school, shows that efforts to identify homeless students and get them into the classroom are beginning to pay off. But advocates for the homeless say more needs to be done to make sure they graduate and that the root causes of homelessness — poverty and a lack of affordable housing — have not been adequately addressed.

ISSUE TRACKER for Related Reports
Dec. 23, 2022  Homelessness Crisis
Apr. 02, 2021  Evictions and COVID-19
Mar. 02, 2018  Affordable Housing Shortage
Nov. 06, 2015  Housing Discrimination
Feb. 20, 2015  Gentrification
Apr. 05, 2013  Homeless Students
Dec. 14, 2012  Future of Homeownership
Dec. 18, 2009  Housing the Homeless
Nov. 02, 2007  Mortgage Crisis Updated
Feb. 09, 2001  Affordable Housing
Jan. 06, 1989  Affordable Housing: Is There Enough?
Oct. 30, 1981  Creative Home Financing
Nov. 07, 1980  Housing the Poor
Dec. 21, 1979  Rental Housing Shortage
Nov. 24, 1978  Housing Restoration and Displacement
Apr. 22, 1977  Housing Outlook
Sep. 26, 1973  Housing Credit Crunch
Aug. 06, 1969  Communal Living
Jul. 09, 1969  Private Housing Squeeze
Mar. 04, 1966  Housing for the Poor
Apr. 10, 1963  Changing Housing Climate
Sep. 26, 1956  Prefabricated Housing
Sep. 02, 1949  Cooperative Housing
May 14, 1947  Liquidation of Rent Controls
Dec. 17, 1946  National Housing Emergency, 1946-1947
Mar. 05, 1946  New Types of Housing
Oct. 08, 1941  Rent Control
Aug. 02, 1938  The Future of Home Ownership
Sep. 05, 1934  Building Costs and Home Renovation
Nov. 20, 1933  Federal Home Loans and Housing
Nov. 17, 1931  Housing and Home Ownership
Low Income and Public Housing
Students and Social Life