FIRST 5 LA RELEASES NEW STUDY ON YOUNG CHILDREN WHO ARE HOMELESSJuly 18, 2012
| This is the first report focusing on homeless children in L.A. County 5 and younger
LOS ANGELES – Facing problems most children don't even know about, a recent First 5 LA study has found that, on any given night, at least 3,000 children 5 years and younger are homeless in Los Angeles County. They are living with their families in shelters, transitional housing, on the street or somewhere else not fit for human habitation. While the number of children who were homeless remained relatively stable between 2009 and 2011, the number is unacceptably high and expected to grow in the near future.
This dismal portrait is the most comprehensive analysis to date on homeless youngsters under 5years of age in L.A. County. Designed to focus on the scope of homelessness among young children, the Homeless Children 0-5 in Los Angeles County Report provides an opportunity for future discussions about First 5 LA’s role in addressing this vulnerable population.
The geographic distribution of the homeless population is uneven across the county and the distribution is somewhat different for children than it is for the total homeless population. Nearly one-third of L.A. County’s homeless children are in South L.A. While other communities have the highest proportion of the total homeless population, this area has the highest proportion of the homeless child population.
The First 5 LA report also highlights findings from other studies on the adverse conditions facing homeless children:
For more information on the Homeless Children 0-5 in Los Angeles County Report click here.
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