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ERIC Number: ED603716
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2019-Oct
Pages: 48
Abstractor: As Provided
No Place Called Home: Student Homelessness Prevalence and Structural Correlates. Working Paper Series, No. 6-19
Evangelist, Michael; Shaefer, H. Luke
Poverty Solutions, University of Michigan
During the 2015-2016 school year, 1.3 million students nationwide experienced homelessness. Yet hardships like homelessness represent dynamic rather than static states, and so annual figures understate the cumulative risk that students face over time. Moreover, despite recent efforts to understand eviction and foreclosure as exploitative and racialized processes, there have been few efforts to connect homelessness to these and other structural conditions. Using administrative data on the population of public school students in Michigan, we found that close to one in ten students experienced homelessness while in school. Moreover, black students were over three times more likely to experience literal homelessness than white students. County-year fixed effects models indicate that rental costs, forced housing moves, and the opioid epidemic were associated with greater student homelessness. These findings have implications for our understanding of racial inequalities and the ways in which disadvantage and inequality are products of exploitative relationships.
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Publication Type: Reports - Research; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: University of Michigan, Poverty Solutions
Identifiers - Location: Michigan
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Temporary Assistance for Needy Families; Stewart B McKinney Homeless Assistance Act 1987
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A