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Number of Homeless Children in America Reaches New High

A study ranked California as one of the states with the highest rates of child homelessness. ATVN's Drennon Kimpton visited an emergency family shelter that's trying to solve the problem. 

One in every 30 children is now homeless in the United States, according to a new study, and California accounts for one-fifth of the national total.

The amount of homeless children in the United States increased by 8 percent  from 2012 to 2013, according to the Associated Press

A study conducted by American Institutes for Research ranked states based on four domains, which together reflect each state’s performance relevant to the homeless children issue. Those four domains were the extent of  homelessness among children, child well-being, risk for child homeless, and state policy and planning efforts.

Overall, California came in 48th place for its overall performance across all four domains. 

When it comes to the states with the lowest risk of child homelessness, California ranked 39, with 24 percent of children in poverty and 7.9 percent of children living without health insurance. 

The study also offered solutions to the problem, which included safe affordable housing, education and employment opportunities, and trauma-informed care services.

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