The number of homeless American students made up 12-year high — more than 1.5 million

The number of homeless students in the U.S. reached a 12-year high during the school year 2017-2018.

A report by the National center for homeless education (National Center for Homeless Education) States that more than 1.5 million students of public schools reported that at one time or another during a certain period of time was homeless.

The Director of the centre George Hancock told The New York Times that the number of students without housing in 2017-2018 more than doubled compared to the statistics for 2004 and 2005. This is the highest indicator over the last 10 years, and, according to experts, it reflects a growing problem that can negatively affect performance and health of children.

Barbara Duffield, Executive Director of the nonprofit SchoolHouse Connection, said that natural disasters, lack of affordable housing, the opioid epidemic and fluctuations in economic conditions — all of these could affect the dire statistics.

The center, which is based at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and funded by the U.S. Department of education, has published a report on January 29. His conclusions were the result of the affordability crisis that gripped the whole country, the level of bezdarnost continues to grow.