Data Spotlight: If our economy is recovering, why does student homelessness continue to go up?

Although school employees are getting better at identifying homeless students, school-based counts are almost certainly undercounts.  

  • In some King County districts, homelessness affects as many as 1 in 10 students. 
  • In all districts, most homeless students are in middle school or younger.
  • In all districts except Seattle, most homeless students are “doubled-up” with friends and/or family.

Despite valiant efforts across King County, there’s no evidence – yet – that the situation is turning around. 

 For more information, see Communities Count’s new data section on Student Homelessness.  For local data on related issues, see Communities Count data on food hardshiphousing affordabilitypoverty, and living wage income.

 

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  • Providing data to monitor the health and well being of King County communities, inform funding decisions, engage citizens, and complement existing civic, economic, and environmental indicators.
  • Emphasizing prevention and a long-term view of change while using data to understand how to sustain healthy communities and families.  

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