On Thanksgiving Day, Dan Fuller, VP of Legislative Relations for Communities In Schools, talked with MSNBC’s Craig Melvin about child homelessness. As Melvin pointed out, many people wonder, “How can children be homeless in this country?”
According to the National Center on Family Homelessness, 1 in 30 American kids are homeless. That statistic means that one child in every classroom of 30 students is likely to be homeless. But child homelessness is vastly under-reported because of the stigma attached to it.
When children and youth are couch surfing at the homes of friends or family, or when they are crowded in motel rooms or cars with their family, they may feel safe and sheltered even when displaced from home or without a place to call home.
However, child and youth homelessness, no matter what it looks like, has a huge impact on a child’s life. They are four times more likely to show delayed development, and four times more likely to get sick compared to other kids, among other issues.
Dan Fuller talks about how Communities In Schools works to change that picture and support homeless children and youth. Watch the video below, and learn more about their efforts here.