The number of homeless children in America has reached a historic high, says Newsweek. One out of every 30 children in the U.S. experienced homelessness last year, according to “America's Youngest Outcasts,” a new report by the National Center on Family Homelessness at the American Institutes for Research. Nearly 2.5 million children lived in shelters, on the streets, in cars, on campgrounds or doubled up with other families in tight quarters, often moving from one temporary solution to another.
The report, which draws on federal data, found that children are homeless in every county and state across the country, in rural areas, towns and major cities. Numbers in cities like Los Angeles, San Francisco and New York were high, but rural homelessness was also a problem, in areas where support services may be more difficult to access. California, Alabama and Mississippi had the highest rates of child homelessness. Minnesota, Nebraska and Massachusetts had the lowest.