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Number of Students Classified As Homeless in Phoenix Increases

January 12, 2009

The number of homeless students increased 8 percent statewide from the 2006-07 school year to last school year, totaling 20,726 children, according to the Arizona Department of Education says azcentral.com. Unfortunately, this number is expected increase. The current housing market as well as the economic recession were offered as possible explanations. The article goes on to say,

“We’re projecting the increase because the foreclosures have skyrocketed over the last year,” said Frank Migali, the department’s homeless-education coordinator. “People are having to move in with family members. We’re just seeing a whole new face of homelessness.”

Phoenix Rescue Mission has seen this statistic reflected in the growing number of families with children coming in for meal services. We are serving roughly twice the number of people we served six months ago with women and their children making up 29% of those eating in our dining hall.

If you would like to help us meet this growing need in our community by providing hot meals and care to these children and their families, please visit www.phoenixrescuemission.org.

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