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In 2018, on a single night in January, 552,830 people were homeless.  Of those, 111,592 were homeless children. 


Among homeless students, 75% of elementary and 85% of high school students are performing below grade level in math and reading.  

Public schools in Georgia identified 37,791 students as homeless.  In Douglas County, the district enrolled 653 homeless students during the 2017-2018 school year. 


In addition to having poor attendance and experiencing more disciplinary issues than their stably housed classmates, homeless students are:

  • Twice as likely to repeat a grade

  • 87% more likely to drop out of school

  • Unlikely to graduate-Fewer than 25% finish high school

As dire as these statistics may seem, all is not lost.  Homeless ≠ Hopeless.  Research indicates that homeless services related to education can be highly effective and result in fewer discipline incidents.  Supplementary educational services along with parental involvement have given rise to more positive outcomes and greater academic success for homeless students.