Homelessness Among School Age Children

Wake County Public Schools System (WCPSS) uses the McKinney-Vento definition of homelessness. Rates of homelessness in the United States among children and youth are higher today than at any point since data has been collected on homelessness. Wake County Public School System has seen an increase in the number of students experiencing homelessness over the last few years. A person meets the McKinney-Vento definition of homelessness if they lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence. This includes:

• Children and youths who are sharing the housing of other persons due to loss of housing, economic hardship, or a similar reason; are living in motels, hotels, trailer parks, or camping grounds due to the lack of alternative adequate accommodations; are living in emergency or transitional shelters; or are abandoned in hospitals;

• Children and youths who have a primary nighttime residence that is a public or private place not designed for or ordinarily used as a regular sleeping accommodation for human beings;

• Children and youths who are living in cars, parks, public spaces, abandoned buildings, substandard housing, bus or train stations, or similar settings; and

Total # of Students Identified (numbers from WCPSS)

2014-2015: 2,736

2015-2016: 2,940

2016-2017: 3,465

2017-2018: 3,989

2018-2019: 4,365

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