Lost in the Masked Shuffle & Virtual Void: Children and Youth Experiencing Homelessness Amidst the Pandemic (SchoolHouse Connection)
This Executive Summary, Lost in the Masked Shuffle & Virtual Void: Children and Youth Experiencing Homelessness Amidst the Pandemic presents numerous key findings related to children and impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Key findings include: 1. An estimated 420,000 fewer children and youth experiencing homelessness have been identified and enrolled by schools so far this school year. 2. While overall homeless student identification and enrollment is down, the number of children and youth experiencing homelessness has likely increased due to the economic crisis. 3. Children and youth experiencing homelessness face significant unmet needs in their communities, including lack of internet, housing, food, and child care. 4. Only 18% of respondents indicated that federal coronavirus relief education funding provided by the CARES Act is being used to meet the needs of students experiencing homelessness. Recommendations are provided for Congress, as well as state and local educational agencies. Homeless, housing, food and other relief agencies.