Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Homeless Kids

Did you know that 1 in 50 children in the United States is homeless? Or that 1.5 MILLION children experience homeless each year?

An article on discusses a report taken in 2005-2006 that measured child homelessness per capita, child well-being, risk for child homelessness, and state policy and planning. According to the research, the top five states who are helping their homeless citizens were Connecticut, New Hampshire, Hawaii, Rhode Island and North Dakota and at the bottom were Texas, Georgia, Arkansas, New Mexico and Louisiana. New Mexico is 4th from the bottom for homeless kids. An article in the Albuquerque Journal on March 10, 2009, stated that there are currently 4,300 students in the APS system that are homeless, while there were only 2,000 this time last year. Lisa LaBrecque, policy and advocacy director for the New Mexico Coalition to End Homelessness said "it's less expensive to help pay for housing the homeless than to let them remain homeless. It's an important investment and one that will save the state money in the long run."

You, too, can help with just a little effort! Click on the following links for more information on how to help in Albuquerque:
United Way, Joy Junction, Salvation Army

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