The numbers keep growing. Locally, we find reasons to reject helping them with any kind of tax to build new homes for them. This is the black mark of our supposed democracy. That we cannot find a solution supported by the average voter, to help those that have fallen through the safety net (if one even exists anymore). The story from Oregon. We’ve already reported on the one from Washington.
The number of students meeting the federal definition of homeless is up for the fourth year in a row, reaching a new record for both the number and percentage of homeless enrolled students.
For the 2016-17 school year, 22,541 students “lack a fixed, regular and adequate nighttime residence” which the federal government classifies as homeless. That represents 3.9 percent of the entire public K-12 student population.