SEATTLE, WA – The state Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction released data Thursday showing that more than 40,000 public school students in the state are experiencing homelessness – that’s an increase of more than 1,200 over the 2015-16 count, and an increase of more than 10,000 since 2013.
The state’s largest school districts, like Seattle and Spokane, have the highest overall number of homeless students. But wealthy school districts are not immune from the problem. There are over 600 homeless students attending the Bellevue and Lake Washington districts, which serve some of the wealthiest parts of the state.
The state started collecting data on homeless students in 2001, and the total population has grown every year since. The state’s count includes students who are living outdoors, in a homeless shelter, doubled-up with friends or relatives, or in a motel. The count includes students in grades K-12.
The federal McKinney-Vento Act requires districts to count homeless students. McKinney-Vento also deems that homeless students must be allowed to attend the district where they went before becoming homeless.
Here’s a look at homeless populations in districts around Puget Sound (numbers from the 2016-17 OSPI count of homeless students):
Mary Lundy, originally of Chula Vista, but now homeless and living on the Island Avenue overpass of interstate 5 is concerned with the amount of wind a little after noon on Friday before the heavy weather hits.
Storm is coming
Larry Smoots emerges from his tent wrapped in a tarp on Island Avenue over Interrstate 5 downtown.
LOMITA, CA – FEBRUARY 23, 2016 – Richard Lopez, 32, sits in his homeless encampment trying to decide what belongings to gather before sanitation crews arrive to clear him out of an area called, “The Pit,”
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LOS ANGELES, CA – SEPTEMBER 23: A homeless man sleeps on a bus bench on September 23, 2015, in Los Angeles, California. Mayor Eric Garcetti and City Council members declared public emergency, the first city in .
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LOS ANGELES, CA – NOVEMBER 20: Fernando Lopez bathes and does laundry in the Los Angeles River on November 20, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. With the approach of devastating winter storm conditions due to … more
Homelessness across the United States fell slightly last year but increased in California and other West Coast states, largely due to a shortage of affordable housing, federal officials said Thursday.
Around the nation, homelessness was down 3 percent amid growing scrutiny of the problem. In California, however, homelessness climbed 3 percent, according to the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s annual snapshot assessment of homelessness in America.
“We have a lot left to do,” said HUD Secretary Julian Castro, adding that the incoming Trump administration had a responsibility to continue the effort. “I sure hope the next administration will take the baton and make more progress, and not drop the baton.”
Nationwide, Castro said, there were 549,928 homeless people counted in the “point-of-time” homeless census conducted in January.
LET”S HOPE OUR NEW PRESIDENT & OUR NEW HUD Secretary can do something about it.
Portland, Oregon is raising taxes on companies with CEOs making 100 times employee salaries — and giving the money to the homeless
Dec. 9, 2016, 12:21 PM 26,565
In an effort to combat homelessness, the city government in Portland, Oregon has passed a law that raises corporates taxes on companies whose CEOs make significantly more than their employees.
Companies will see a 10% increase on their tax rate if the CEO makes 100 times the average employee and a 25% increase if they make 250 times the average salary, The Guardian reports.
The stated goal of the policy is to help decrease the homeless population in Portland, which accounts for roughly 1,800 people sleeping on the street each night. In April, local NBC News affiliate, KGW, declared the problem was a “crisis” that had hit a “breaking point.”