Homelessness is a problem many people don’t quite understand.
In Indianapolis, family homelessness continues to be a growing problem.
— Below are some facts and figures to help you understand
what it looks and feels like to be a homeless child in Indianapolis.
According to the Indiana Department of Education, over the course of a year, over 5,100 children in Marion County experience homelessness.
65% of these children are under the age of 12.
Families make up more than one third of the Indianapolis homeless population.
Homeless children are twice as likely as their non-homeless peers to develop learning disabilities.
Homeless youth are more likely to be ill and do poorly in school.
Homeless students change schools an average of 3 times while homeless, needing 4 to 6 months each time to recover academically.
Only 52% of homeless students test at or above the state standards for Reading, and only 50% for math.