Families are the fastest growing segment of homeless people in the U.S. As many as 1.2 million children may be without homes, according to the U.S. Department of Education.
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; for the 2013-2014 school year, 32,494 children were reported as homeless during the year -- an increase of 56 percent since 2007-2008.
To learn more about the strategies to end family homelessness in our region, please read this report on Homelessness and Family Stability.
To learn more about efforts to end all homelessness in our region, please click on the links below: