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Student Homelessness Increases by a Third

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As the nation’s economy struggles, Chicago Public Schools says the number of homeless students in the city is way up.

During the first three months of the school year, Chicago Public Schools identified 9,132 homeless students. That’s almost a third more than the same period last year.

Patricia Rivera manages the district’s Homeless Education Program.

RIVERA: Families have been laid off. People are losing their housing. More families are having to double up with other people. Or women and children are going into shelters. They can’t make ends meet.

Chicago is not alone. Statewide, 26,238 students were homeless during the last school year, according to an Illinois State Board of Education consultant. That’s up almost 18 percent over the previous year.

I’m Chip Mitchell, Chicago Public Radio.

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