We know that homelessness and hunger are growing epidemics that plague the United States

We know that homelessness and hunger are growing epidemics that plague the United States. We as global citizens can end homelessness by tackling its root causes of low employment wages, hunger and the lack of adequate housing. In 2016, the national poverty rate grew to 13.2% of the national population. 1 in 8 children were at risk of suffering from hunger in the United States. Moreover, 3.7 million people had been forced to sleep in cars, under bridges, in parks and shelters. Approximately 40% percent of kids under the age of 18 (1.3M) are homeless. 15% of the population is considered “chronic” and continues without housing for long periods of time on frequent basis. There are huge effect on children with regards to homelessness. Almost 85% of school-age homeless children are enrolled in school, even though only 70% attend school on a regular basis. Homeless youth are 1 ½ times more likely to perform at a below grade level in math, reading and spelling.

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