America's Youngest Outcasts: A Report Card on Child Homelessness

Ellen L. Bassuk, Carmela J. DeCandia, Corey Anne Beach, and Fred Berman

America's Youngest Outcasts report coverBased on a calculation using the most recent data from the U.S. Department of Education and the 2013 U.S. Census, 2.5 million children in America—one in every 30 children—go to sleep without a home of their own each year.

America’s Youngest Outcasts: A Report Card on Child Homelessness looks at child homelessness nationally and in the 50 states and the District of Columbia, ranks the states from 1 (best) to 50 (worst), and examines causes of child homelessness and solutions.

The report uses the newest federal and state data related to child homelessness, including the most recent annual count of homeless children in public schools made by the U.S. Department of Education (2012-2013 school year; released in September 2014) and U.S. Census data. The report notes that while progress has been made in reducing homelessness among veterans and chronically homeless individuals, no special attention has been directed toward homeless children, and their numbers have increased.

Data and assumptions used to create measures in the report are provided in an Appendix.