Children and families experiencing homelessness are often invisible in society. The most common image of homelessness, that of a single adult living on the street, is not representative of one of the fastest growing segments of the homeless population, which is family homelessness.
The Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless
estimates that the average age of a homeless person in Massachusetts is 8 years old.
The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
2013 bi-annual Youth Risk Behavior Survey estimates that there are 37,000 homeless children enrolled in Massachusetts Public Schools; 13,000 are high school students.
reports that less than 1 in 4 homeless teens will graduate high school.
To learn more about family homelessness in Massachusetts and across the country, please explore the resources below.