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New Data Makes it Clear: Families Need Affordable, Permanent Housing

The data highlights the need for a much greater national investment in affordable housing. Of children identified over the school year:

  • 1.025 million resided in a doubled-up situation due to economic necessity;
  • 187,605 resided in emergency shelter, transitional housing, or were awaiting a foster care placement;
  • 90,013 children lived in motels or hotels; and
  • 50,145 were unsheltered (living in place not intended for human habitation).

All of these children need safe and affordable permanent housing. Affordable housing is associated with a myriad of positive outcomes that promote academic success, including reduced school mobility, reduced overcrowding, and increased food security. Its absence can hinder school participation and performance.

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