Florida Ranks Low in Child Homelessness

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TAMPA (2009-03-10) -

The report from the National Center on Family Homelessness finds that more than 1.5 million children nationwide are homeless. And Florida ranks number 43 out of the 50 states. That takes into account not only the number of homeless shelters, but state services such as financial help and medical care.

Gloria Guard is president of a homeless coalition in Philadelphia. She said in a teleconference many states such as Florida have assumed that providing housing is the only answer.

"And so they let families live in shelters and transitional housing with virtually no services, no educational enhancement, no personal counseling, no special health care, no child care, no parenting help," Guard says, "and we've lost a golden opportunity to work with those families.'

The report's authors say they hope it will spur action by state and national lawmakers to address the child homeless problem.

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