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Regular reports on the growing Poverty, Unemployment, Debt and Inequality of the neo-capitalist world

USA:

A staggering 2.5 million children are now homeless each year in America. This historic high represents one in every 30 children in the United States. Child homelessness increased in 31 states and the District of Columbia from 2012 to 2013. Children are homeless in every city, county, and state—every part of our country.”

Based on a calculation using the most recent U.S. Department of Education’s count of homeless children in U.S. public schools and on 2013 U.S. Census data:
2,483,539 children experienced homelessness in the U.S. in 2013.
This represents one in every 30 children in the U.S.”

From 2012 to 2013, the number of children experiencing homelessness annually in the U.S.:
Increased by 8% nationally.
Increased in 31 states and the District of Columbia.
Increased by 10% or more in 13 states and the District of Columbia.”

Major causes of homelessness for children in the U.S. include: (1) the nation’s high poverty rate; (2) lack of affordable housing across the nation; (3) continuing impacts of the Great Recession; (4) racial disparities; (5) the challenges of single parenting; and (6) the ways in which traumatic experiences, especially domestic violence, precede and prolong homelessness for families.”

The impact of homelessness on the children, especially young children, is devastating and may lead to changes in brain architecture that can interfere with learning, emotional self-regulation, cognitive skills, and social relationships. The unrelenting stress experienced by the parents, most of whom are women parenting alone, may contribute to residential instability, unemployment, ineffective parenting, and poor health.”

It is unacceptable that 2.5 million children—one out of every 30 children—experience homelessness in the United States annually. The number has increased steadily over the last few decades and will not lessen until our nation pays attention to this issue, and makes it an immediate priority. We have reduced homelessness among chronically homeless individuals and veterans by targeting additional resources in the form of housing and critical supports. It is now time to include children and families in this effort.”

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