H-SANTA MARIA

Dec 8, 2010 1:24 PM by Ariel Wesler

Local schools seeing greater number of homeless children

The number of homeless children in Santa Barbara County is on the rise.

Federal law defines homeless students as those who lack a "fixed, regular, or adequate nighttime residence. It includes children living in homeless shelters, motels, campgrounds and cars, as well as children living doubled or tripled up.

In 2008-2009, the county identified 2,030 homeless students. Last year, that number more than doubled to 4,122. For the 2010-2011 school year, there are already more than 4500 students identified as homeless.

Santa Maria has the most homeless students at just over 2800. Tonight, we'll take a look at the homeless population in the Santa Maria Bonita School District.

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