Student homelessness in Florida has almost tripled in the last decade to about 96,000 in the 2017-18 school year.
Those experiencing homelessness score lower on statewide assessments and have a lower high school graduation rate compared to students who are economically disadvantaged but have a place to live.
According to a report by Miami Homes for All and the Shimberg Center for Housing Studies at the University of Florida, the lack of affordable housing is one of the main causes of student homelessness.
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While the number of extremely low-income households in Florida has increased by 36% over the last two decades, available and affordable units have decreased by 11%, resulting in multiple families living in one home.
The report defines "homelessness" as:
Living in motels, hotels, FEMA trailers, or camp grounds
Living in emergency shelters
Living in transitional housing
Living abandoned in hospitals
Staying in cars, parks, public spaces, vacant buildings, substandard housing, bus or train stations, or other places not designed for sleeping
The student homelessness report indicated that another factor in the growing number of homeless students is recent catastrophic hurricanes, like Maria.
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