Youth

Homeless and/or Missing

Are individuals suffering from homelessness considered missing? The relationship between the idea of being homeless and missing is quite complex. An individual experiencing homelessness may be an unreported missing person. On the other hand, a person suffering from homelessness may go missing for an unknown reason. Both scenarios create questions as to how to differentiate the different possible circumstances leading to underreporting.

How Homelessness Affects Children’s Mental Health

According to The National Child Traumatic Stress Network, more than 1.3 million children experience homelessness each year, with families making up 40% of those experiencing homelessness in the United States. Many of these families and children previously experienced trauma before becoming homeless. They can also be more likely to experience cycles of trauma. To illustrate, children undergoing homelessness are more likely to be sick and hungry, face learning disabilities, and experience major mental disorders than their housed children counterparts.

Inequality Within the K-12 System Keeps Young People Stuck in Poverty

Education is one of the few ways that people use to pull themselves from poverty. Education provides people with more specific skill sets that allow them to get higher-paying jobs. Education also provides an abundance of resources that are easily accessible. Even a primary K-12 education can open doors for people facing poverty that would …

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