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| The Special Issues Relating to Homeless Families | Debbie ParksExcelsior CollegeApril 22, 2012 | | | |

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Similar basic needs of the homeless whether single or with a family include shelter, food, and clothing. It’s more difficult when a person has children in that it takes more space in a shelter, more food and more clothing. According to the article by Angela R. Fertig and David A. Reingold, in 2007 there were about 754,147 homeless people in the United States, half having children. Fertig and Reingold also state, “Among those children living with a homeless parent, 80 percent are under 11 years of age (Burt et al. 1999; Burt 2001b)(2008)”. The majority of homeless families are unwed mothers or women from abusive relationships. Many times these women have a hard time providing for their children due to lack of education, familiar support, and limited social support. Health related issues are also a concern of the homeless whether with or without children. Many of these adults work, but their wages won’t cover housing cost and none provide health insurance. For the children that may be covered by Medicaid, many times the parent may have problems with transportation to and from clinics. For the adult homeless that are covered by Medicare, a lot of the medical expenses may not be covered and they have to utilize free clinics where available. Children that experience homelessness can overcome their challenges and become successful, but many end up with behavior problems that can have a negative impact on their education. (Walker-Dalhouse and Risko 2008). An article by Walker-Dalhouse and Risko, states “75% of homeless children perform below grade level” (2008). I’m sure the unique situation of the homeless child brings many challenges to teachers. Children need to be encouraged in the classroom to participate in…...

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