ERIC Number: ED368844
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Homeless Children and Youth in Utah. 1993 Report.
Utah State Office of Education, Salt Lake City.
The Utah State Office of Education has conducted surveys of homeless shelters throughout Utah for the past 4 years. Data show that, during 1993, 32 shelter providers reported sheltering 4,680 homeless children. Each year, however, the shelter providers report turning away an increasing number of families because of a lack of space. Budget constraints make it difficult for shelters to collect data on the number of families turned away. Shelter waiting lists of 20 families are not uncommon. The number of homeless students reported by Utah school districts may reflect a more accurate figure of the real extent of homelessness among children and youth as defined by the McKinney Homeless Assistance Act. In 1993, Utah's 40 local school districts reported serving 9,969 homeless students who met the Stewart B. McKinney definition of homelessness lacking a "fixed, regular, and adequate residence." Shelter providers and district homeless student representatives both report progress in getting students registered for school and in ensuring their attendance and success. Significantly, of the 32 shelter providers surveyed, only three reported problems in registering homeless students. The districts and the shelter personnel involved in these problems are working to address the issues and provide for the needs of these students. Appendices provide survey data and survey forms as well as a list of Utah legislative appropriations, district counts, and funding. (Author/GLR)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Policymakers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Utah State Office of Education, Salt Lake City.
Identifiers - Location: Utah