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A SNAPSHOT OF FAMILY HOMELESSNESS IN DC 

Families are often called the “hidden homeless,” because they are not often seen outside on the streets. The reality however is that homeless families have come to represent 54% of the total homeless population of DC, a number that has grown by more than 73% during the recession. As of January 1st, 2014, one child out of twenty enrolled in DC Public Schools is experiencing homelessness.

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Logo no wordsFact – The National Center on Family Homelessness

Children experiencing homelessness are America’s Youngest Outcasts. They have gradually become a prominent part of a Third World that is emerging within our own nation. Despite their growing numbers, homeless children are invisible to most of us; they have no voice and no constituency. Without a bed to call their own, these children have lost safety, privacy, and the comforts of home as well as their friends, possessions, pets, reassuring routines, and communities. These losses combine to create a life-altering experience that [can inflict] profound and lasting scars.