An increase over the past decade in the number of homeless children in Frederick County is worrying. In 2006, the number was 39. Now, it’s 87, according to point-in-time data from the Metropolitan Washington-Council of Governments and the U.S. Census Bureau. The number of homeless children is higher than its peak in 2008 and 2009, when the country was recovering from recession.
This is part of a discouraging national trend, in which about one in 30 children in the U.S. are without a place to live or a permanent roof over their heads, according to the latest statistics, from 2013. That’s about 2.5 million children In America — roughly 31,000 in Maryland — whose living arrangements are impermanent at best.
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