Key Facts on Homelessness Children
- 2.5 million children are homeless within the United States.
- One in 30 children are homeless in the United States.
- Homeless children are sick four times more often than other children.
- Homeless children go hungry at twice the rate of other children.
- Homeless children are four times more likely to show delayed development.
- Homeless children are twice as likely to have learning disabilities as non-homeless children.
- At least 20% of homeless children are unable to attend school.
- Florida continues to have the third largest homeless population in the country.
- Since 2007, Florida has had the largest increase in the rate of homelessness.
- Approximately 33% of the homeless are in homeless families.
- Florida school districts have identified that over 71,000 children and youth are homeless or unstably housed.
- In Florida, 11% of homeless people are unaccompanied children and youth (one who is not in physical custody of a parent or guardian).
(Source: 2015 Annual Report Council on Homelessness)
- In 2018, there were over 4,200 homeless children in the Broward County school system. This did not include those under the age of 5.