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Philly Schoolkids Dealing With Homelessness

Posted on Nov 2, 2013

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Homelessness and School Kids

Rowan House, a transitional housing center in West Philadelphia operated by PEC. Photo provided to CBS

Thousands of Philly Schoolkids Dealing With Homelessness, Report Shows « CBS Philly.

By Cherri Gregg

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The number of students experiencing homelessness in America’s public schools is at an all-time high.

In Philadelphia, a local nonprofit group today released a report on how homelessness affects children in our area.

The new report, from the People’s Emergency Center shows that during 2012 more than 9,000 children, from infant to age 17, spent at least on night in the Pennsylvania emergency shelter system.

This number represents is a slight decrease from the year before.

“That can be a child who is accompanying a parent that has left their primary home because of domestic violence or because of a crisis, like a displacement due to fire or where a family has been sleeping on the couches of family and friends and need a place to get stable,” says Farrah Jimenez, president and CEO of PEC.