"Since 2011, homelessness has increased by 65 percent."
Sarah Quarantotto heads Central Virginia's Homelessness Response System. She says with the amount of resources available, homelessness can seem hidden....
“The services are kind of tucked away, we don't really have a great sense that there are individuals in our community experiencing homelessness on every single night of the year,” said Quarantotto.
Who is actually behind the shelter doors? The numbers include 9 percent veterans, 23 percent families, and 37 percent people with disabilities. But leaders say it can be anyone living in poverty who experiences a crisis....."
Virginia Has Almost 18,000 Homeless Students Statewide
This snapshot is part of a series analyzing student homelessness in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Visit The Institute for Children, Poverty, & Homelessness for more information.
In the 2014-15 school year, Virginia had 1,280,381 students enrolled in 132 local education agencies (school districts).1
That year, there were 17,876 homeless students in the state, making up 1.4% of total enrollment.2
Virginia had the 23rd highest number of homeless students and the 42nd highest rate of student homelessness in the U.S.
School districts with the highest rates of student homelessness were Colonial Beach Public Schools (21%) and Northampton County Public Schools (17%), 15 times and 12 times the statewide rate, respectively...."