In the 2016-17 school year there were 2,359 K-12 homeless students in Washington county - of those, 468 are unaccompanied youth. On top of these numbers, there are many more youth who are disconnected from schools (and are therefore not counted), have left or graduated school, or are under the radar who also access support at HomePlate.
BY THE NUMBERS
Top 3 school districts of homeless students in Oregon:
- Beaverton School District: 1,522
- Portland School District: 1,509
- Medford School District: 1,400
Unaccompanied youth attend school but are not in the physical custody of a parent or guardian. Unaccompanied youth and children include young people who have been thrown out of their homes, have run away from home, or have been abandoned by their parents or guardians.
Suburban neighborhoods weren't designed to respond to financial-crisis and low-income needs like the safety nets seen in urban centers. During the economic recession, middle class families, many struggling with foreclosures and job-loss, were with few resources. Youth in these families are sometimes struggling with their families, sleeping in cars or shelters; are asked to leave home to relieve their family of a financial obligation (see youth unemployment below); or experience incredible stress in their family unit which may cause concerns for safety. Across the nation, suburban communities are being confronted with the dire consequences of a limited social-service safety net.