According to data from the California Department of Education, the number of students that are living in homelessness has increased by more than 20 percent in the last four years.
In many cases, students and their families are undergoing displacement from their communities as they are priced out of their homes, and are left with fewer housing options, especially low-income families. In Salinas city, for example, rent went up by more than 50 percent in the last half decade, as reported by KQED.
Under California law, however, schools are required to help provide resources to students who are homeless or in unstable housing situations. However, the state has determined that hundreds of districts across the region have failed to locate students who are in need of those resources.
Experts who work in the field of helping these students have said that sometimes it’s difficult to locate these students because they or their families do not provide enough information for the staff to identify them as a student in need, or they are ashamed to say that they are in an unstable housing situation.
Additional barriers to helping the increasing population of homeless students in California include a lack of funding for districts to provide resources for those students as they compete for grants, and also how little time liaisons have to actively monitor all students for proof of homelessness.
Read Full Story: KQED