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Infant and Toddler Homelessness Across 50 States: 2021-2022

This report is the most comprehensive look to date at homelessness among infants and toddlers, and is the first state-by-state collection of data on infant and toddler homelessness. This report analyzes federal and other available data to estimate how many infants and toddlers experienced homelessness in 2021, both nationally and in each state, and what enrollment looked like for age-eligible early childhood development programs during the 2021-2022 program year. The report also provides recommendations for state and federal action.

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New HUD Data Show Dramatic Increase in Families and Youth in Homeless Shelters, Even While Significantly Undercounting Families and Youth Experiencing Homelessness

The 2023 HUD PIT Count reveals a 12% increase in overall homelessness, with a staggering 16% rise for families with children and 15% for unaccompanied youth. Despite the alarming figures, the report underscores the inadequacy of HUD data in capturing the true extent of homelessness, emphasizing the urgent need for targeted action to address the crisis.

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Progress and Promise: An Early Look at COVID Relief Funds for Children and Youth Experiencing Homelessness

This report from SchoolHouse Connection provides an early look at how some school districts across the country are using or planning to use their ARP-HCY funds to identify and serve students experiencing homelessness, as well as how state education agencies are using funds reserved for statewide activities. Based on early data, the number of school districts receiving funds for homeless students will increase more than six-fold. This means many schools that have never received specific support to respond to student homelessness will now be able to do so.

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Head Start Data Shows Drop in Overall Homeless Enrollment During Pandemic, But Steady Increase in Rate of Homeless Enrollment

Data released by the Office of Head Start show that while the overall number of children enrolled in Head Start decreased by 28% between the 2019 and 2021 school year, the number of children experiencing homelessness in Head Start decreased by 22%. At the same time, the percentage of Head Start children identified as experiencing homelessness increased from 5.7% of total enrollment in 2019 to 6.22% of total enrollment in 2021.

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