U-M analysis: Michigan school children struggle with homelessness at high rates

Children need stability to thrive, studies show, but for the more than 36,000 children in Michigan’s elementary, middle and high schools who face homelessness and housing insecurity, stability is often elusive.

According to a University of Michigan analysis, new data shows dramatic disparities in educational outcomes for students experiencing homelessness.

“These numbers tell us that students experiencing homelessness in Michigan are at a much greater risk for not finishing high school than their peers,” said Jennifer Erb-Downward, senior research associate with U-M’s Poverty Solutions initiative.

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