Homelessness Report: North Carolina Receives Poor Ranking

A new report finds one of every 50 American children experiences
homelessness, and most states have inadequate plans to address the
problem.

The report by the National Center on Family Homelessness shows North Carolina ranking near the bottom, 44th for the extent of child homelessness, with 50th being the worst. Texas got the worst ranking and Connecticut got the best ranking.

Analysts looked at data from 2005-2006 and estimated that 1.5
million children experienced homelessness at least once during that
period. The problem is likely worse now because of the foreclosures
and job losses of the deepening recession.

The report says homeless children are far more likely than other
children to experience hunger, suffer chronic health problems,
repeat a grade in school and drop out of high school.


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