Homelessness creates educational instability

Each year, hundreds of local students have to move because their families can’t afford a house of their own, and they face the stress of switching schools along with the fear of not knowing where they’ll be living next.

Schools track the number of students who live in a home with more than one family. And each year, these students make up most of the homeless students in the county. Last year, 75 percent of the 467 homeless students in Johnson County lived in a home with more than one family.

Often, they have found places to stay with friends or family members after suffering financial blows, but their situation is unstable, and many will end up moving one or more times during a school year, school officials say.

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