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Families are the fastest growing segment of homeless people in the U.S. As many as 1.6 million children may be without homes, according to the National Center on Family Homelessness.
Washington state is part of a national trend—on any given night, as many as 25,000 people in Washington are without a home, and nearly half are families with children. That means that as many as 12,500 of the people in Washington state without a home are families with children.
The numbers can vary depending on the definition and the time period being reported. The state of Washington Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction tracks the number of children experiencing homelessness each year, and for the 2011-2012 school year reported that 27,380 students were reported as homeless during the year -- an increase of five percent over the previous year and up 46.7 percent from 2007-2008.
To learn more about the strategies to end family homelessness in our region, read the report Ending Family Homelessness in Washington State or read more about our Family Homelessness Advocacy Partners.
To learn more about efforts to end all homelessness in our region, click on the links below:
Seattle-King County Coalition on Homelessness
2010 Annual Homeless Assessment Report to Congress
Shifting Communities: Are You Real Online?
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