CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – 1 in 30 children in the United States are homeless. That’s nearly 2.5 million children each year are without a home. The numbers come from the National Center on Family Homelessness, in its study called “America’s Youngest Outcasts.”
Reasons for the highest rate of homelessness now include the nation’s high poverty rate, not enough affordable housing, single parenting challenges and domestic violence dividing families.
1/5 of all homeless children in the country live in California; 22News spoke with a former Californian who said he couldn’t believe how many kids live on the streets there.
Lou Calabrese of Agawam said, “Their kids are down on Hollywood Boulevard skateboarding and begging for change with yellow hair and blue. It’s just amazing. You’d think they were filming a movie.”
Of the 50 states, Massachusetts ranked 3rd best for housing and offering services for these children and families.
Many of the homeless families currently live in hotels in western Massachusetts, but some of the children are still bused back to the school system where they lived before they were homeless.