Rates of child and family homelessness have increased nationally over recent years. This increase has been attributed to the current economic downturn. The National Alliance to End Homelessness estimates that homeless children and families make up around 250,000 individuals at any point in time. In addition, federal, state and locally funded support services to assist children and families experiencing homelessness are being cut drastically.
The need for shelter and supportive services will remain high and possibly increase as the cascading set of problems associated with the economy plays out for children and their families.
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