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Mar. 14, 2019 11:13 am

Storymap: Schools count the young and homeless in the Philly ‘burbs

Chester County is one of the six counties that comprise the region with the greatest number of school-age homeless children. Our storymap gives you a closer look at the numbers in specific school districts in Chesco, Bucks, Delco and Montco.

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There were 38,823 homeless children in Pennsylvania during the 2017-2018 school year. And, according to the People’s Emergency Center (PEC), the data show that the number is only increasing.

According to PEC, the total represents the greatest number of homeless children ever in the state. But — here’s the surprise — the Philadelphia region, with 7,112 children and youth identified as homeless, is not the region with the highest number.

That dubious honor belongs to Region 2, which encompasses Chester, Lancaster, Lebanon, Berks, Dauphin and Schuylkill counties, with 8,937 children and youth identified as homeless. Three district schools in Chester County and one cyber charter serving it are singled out as having more than 100 homeless children and youths in each.

The count summary, which tracks children and youth from 5 to 18 years old, was released in February by the West Philadelphia organization that provides services to to homeless women and children. It uses data from the Pennsylvania Department of Education that is “based on where the child or youth was identified as homeless and attributed to the entity (shelter, early intervention, pre-K program, etc.) or local education agency,” including school districts, charters or cyber schools, and technical schools.”

Generocity is taking a closer look at the suburban counties around Philadelphia this March as part of our editorial calendar, so in addition to noting Chester County’s homeless student count, we noted the counts from Bucks, Delaware and Montgomery as well. All three are part of the report’s Region 8, with a total of 4,809 homeless children. Two Bucks and three Montgomery County school districts are listed as having more than 100 homeless children and youths, as is one Delaware County school district, and one charter school.

Take a look at the storymap we made below to see where these pockets of youth homeless are located, along with some of the resources available in those counties:

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