PEC reports highlights youth homelessness in city, suburbs

People's Emergency Center has published a report that compares reports by Pennsylvania’s Education for Children and Youth Experiencing Homelessness (ECYEH) Regions 1 and 8. Overall, Philadelphia identified 7,112 children and youth in FY 2018, and Region 8 identified 4,809. However, in many categories, homelessness in suburban Philadelphia is more pervasive than in the City of Philadelphia.

Pennsylvania’s Education for Children and Youth Experiencing Homelessness (ECYEH) Regions 1 and 8together identified 7,733children and youth experiencing homelessness who were economically disadvantaged; 6,159 attended schools where ≥60% of families live in poverty; 1,483 were unaccompanied; and 5,984 were doubled-up.

This report considers child and youth homelessness in the counties of Bucks, Delaware, Montgomery, Lehigh, Northampton, and Philadelphiaas identified by the ECYEH program, which is managed by the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) as reported in PDE’s Education for Children and Youth Experiencing Homelessness (EYCEH) 2018-18 State Evaluation Report, which can be found here.The first five counties are organized as “Region 8” of the state; Philadelphia is Region1. People’s Emergency Center summarized this report to inform the region’s leadership about children and youth experiencing homelessness.

For the full PEC report, go here.


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