America is facing a crisis when it comes to providing low-income and impoverished citizens with housing that is safe and affordable, and this lack of affordable housing directly affects kindergarten through 12th grade students and their ability to perform in an educational setting.
An unprecedented number of U.S. students are living without a parent or guardian or are completely homeless, according to a report released by the National Center for Homeless Education.
Numbers found in the report with information gathered from 2017-2018 reveal 1.12 million children living in doubled-up situations with friends or extended family; nearly 190,000 children were living in emergency shelters; and 100,000 children experienced a lack of shelter.
Children need to be in stable and safe living conditions. The lack of affordable housing is having a tremendous impact on families, and America must solve the affordable housing crisis. There is simply too big of a gap between what families earn and what it costs for them to house themselves. Multiple solutions could address the issue; however, legislators need to get on board.
Montana has recently awarded grants to two affordable housing partners and also has donated land to address the affordable housing crisis in Missoula. More cities and states can fall in line with this example to ensure that children are not displaced and have safe homes to go to at the end of the day.
Until the country can get a handle on this situation, families will keep having to double-up to pay for obscenely high housing costs, reside in hotels or motels when there are no other options, or have to turn to emergency and homeless shelters to stay out of the elements, according to the National Center for Homeless Education.