Chicago Public Schools reports increase in homeless students

January 9, 2012

The Associated Press

Officials with Chicago Public Schools say the number of homeless students has increased compared with last year.

The Chicago Sun-Times reports that there were more than 10,660 homeless students at the beginning of the school year. That's nearly 1,500 more than the same point in the previous school year.

Last year the school ended with a record 15,580 students who were homeless.

Nicole Amling is the director of public policy at the Chicago Alliance to End Homelessness. She says many families are becoming homeless for the first time because they've lost housing. Others are having a difficult time finding work.

The National Center on Family Homelessness reports that 57,000 Illinois children were homeless in 2010. That's up from 30,636 in 2006.