Homelessness in America

Accurate statistics regarding the number of children without homes are difficult to obtain. The homeless population is constantly in flux. The statistics are the most recent and admittedly under-estimated. Most counts do not specifically identify children, do not include families staying in motels, or children living in group foster homes.

Children experiencing homelessness are: 

  • nine times more likely to repeat a grade,
  • three times more likely to be placed in special education,
  • and four times more likely to drop out of school entirely. 

How Many Children are Homeless in the USA?

How Many Children are Homeless in California?

How Many Children are Homeless in Los Angeles County?

School Districts Served by School on Wheels

In the counties where School on Wheels currently provides tutoring and mentoring services, 163,400 students have been identified as living in homeless situations by their school districts

  • 65,484 students in Los Angeles County
  • 29,323 students in Orange County
  • 32,546 students in San Bernardino County
  • 21,206 students in Riverside County
  • 9,333 students in Santa Barbara County
  • 5,508 students in Ventura County

What are some resources to find out more about homelessness in the U.S. and how I can help?