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The Lucile Packard Foundation for Children's Health | April 22, 2015

Nearly 300,000 Homeless Students in California, and Percentages Continue to Rise

About 5% of all California's public school students were homeless at some point during the 2013-2014 school year, up from 3.6% in 2010-2011, according to released data only available on That equates to nearly 300,000 students in temporary or unstable housing arrangements such as motels, homeless shelters, or with others due to loss of housing. The percentage of students classified as homeless reached beyond 10 percent in some counties that year, and beyond 30 percent in some school districts.

Data on, which include the number and percentage of homeless public school enrollees (ages 3-21) overall, and by grade level and nighttime residence, come from the Homeless Education Program in the School Turnaround Office at the California Department of Education and are based on the McKinney-Vento Act definition of homelessness. Data partners also contributed special analysis of the numbers, allowing users to see the extent of homelessness in each legislative district in California.

To learn more about the partnership that made these data available, view our blog post here.

Homelessness causes severe trauma to children. Not only does homelessness disrupt relationships, hamper development, and place their health and safety at risk, it also increases their vulnerability to additional trauma.

Click here to explore data on homelessness in California.

Related Data:

Helpful Links

California Homeless Youth Project, California State Library, California Research Bureau, State of California

Forty to None Project

National Alliance to End Homelessness

National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth (NAEHCY)

National Center for Homeless Education (NCHE)

National Network for Youth (NN4Y)

U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness

California's Homeless Students: A Growing Population (PDF), 9/2014, California Homeless Youth Project, Hyatt, S., et al.

Education for Homeless Children and Youth: Consolidated State Performance Report Data, School Years 2010-11, 2011-12, and 2012-13 (PDF), 9/2014, National Center for Homeless Education

Opening Doors: Federal Strategic Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness, 4/2014, U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness

The State of Homelessness in America, 4/2015, National Alliance to End Homelessness

Youth Homelessness in America: The Current Status and the Way Forward (PDF), 3/2014, National Network for Youth

Child Trends Databank: Homeless Children and Youth

National Center for Homeless Education at the SERVE Center

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Homeless Public School Students, by County
Year: 2014

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