Summary of Data
- The majority – 76% - of students experiencing homelessness were sharing housing with others due to loss of housing, economic hardship, or a similar reason.
- The shared housing category represents the largest numeric increase, with an increase of nearly 67,000 students (a 7% increase) since the 2014-15 school year.
- Nearly 14% of students were in shelters, transitional housing, or awaiting foster care placement; more than 6% of students were in hotels/motels; and nearly 4% were unsheltered.
- The unsheltered category represents the largest percentage increase, with an increase of more than 27% (10,700 students since the 2014-15 school year).
- Among sub-groups of students identified as experiencing homelessness, unaccompanied youth increased by 25% compared to the 2014-15 school year.
- In 28 states, unaccompanied youth comprise 10% or more of the total population of students identified as experiencing homelessness.