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Education Among youth experiencing homelessNESS in america

The relationship between education attainment and homelessness is bidirectional.

Low educational attainment is a risk factor for homelessness*...

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Young adults with less than a high school diploma or GED were


more likely to report experiencing homelessness than their peers who completed high school.

...and homelessness is a risk factor for lower education attainment.

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Young adults who experienced homelessness were less than


as likely to be enrolled in four-year college as stably housed peers.

Supporting young people’s housing stability makes it easier for them to focus on school and educational success. And supporting educational opportunity for young people experiencing homelessness increases long-term income and safety nets needed to make a sustainable exit from homelessness.

Housing matters. Education matters.
We need systemic solutions that address them both together.


During the 2019-2020 school year,


Circular image showing that 3.9% of students in California experienced homelessness in the 2019-2020 school year


of California's K-12 students experienced homelessness.

High School Graduation

Graph showing 70% of students experiencing homelessness graduated high school while 85% of non-homeless students graduated


of homeless students graduated high school while


of non-homeless students graduated high school.

Learn more about students experiencing homelessness in California from the California Department of Education in its 2019-2020 School Year Homeless Education Data Fact Sheet.