ERIC Number: ED437457
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-May
Reference Count: N/A
Inside the Beltway: The State of Homeless Children in Washington, DC.
Institute for Children and Poverty, New York, NY.; Homes for the Homeless, Inc., New York, NY.
Among the signs of recovery in Washington, D.C. is a decline in the number of homeless families in shelters. However, the unemployment rate remains over 8% in the District of Columbia, and the reduction in shelter use is explained by a reduction in shelter financing rather than a decreased need for shelters for homeless families. Interviews with 120 families with more than 300 children help explain the real dimensions of homelessness for children in the District of Columbia. In the city, homelessness is neither short-lived nor a singular occurrence for most homeless families. More than 40% of those surveyed had been homeless more than once. The children of these families experienced prolonged periods of academic instability. Multiple transfers and excessive absences place educational success out of reach for these children. The more chronic the family's homelessness, the worse the children's situation becomes. The multiple challenges faced by homeless families in the District suggest that welfare reform will have a profound impact on many homeless families in Washington. Prospects such as these make today's homeless children likely to become homeless adults. (SLD)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Elementary Secondary Education, Homeless People, Low Income Groups, Poverty, Social Problems, Urban Schools, Welfare Recipients, Welfare Reform
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Institute for Children and Poverty, New York, NY.; Homes for the Homeless, Inc., New York, NY.
Identifiers - Location: District of Columbia