America's Youngest Outcasts: One in 30 Children Are Homeless


As much of Idaho woke to single-digit temperatures, Monday morning also revealed a startling new survey that reminds us that one child out of 30 in America is without a home. Nearly 2.5 million kids are homeless in the U.S., that's up from 1.6 million in 2010, according to the National Center on Family Homelessness. While many of the children have "doubled up" with friends or relatives because of hardship, an increasing number of the boys and girls call shelters, or even the street, their "home." 

Idaho ranked 27th "best" (or 23rd "worst") for its extent of child homelessness, according to the study, titled "America's Youngest Outcasts." Idaho's composite ranking—taking in each of the measured categories—was 24th best. The 10 worst in the nation were Kentucky, New York, California, Alabama, Oklahoma, Oregon, New Mexico, Alaska, West Virginia and Arizona. The best was Connecticut. But the same report said that Idaho ranked among the poorest (sixth worst) in state policy and planning.

According to the study, there were approximately 12,384 homeless Idaho children in 2012-2013, and the state was ranked as "inadequate" in its state policy and planning when it came to housing units for the homeless.