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Oregon’s Homeless Student Population Continues To Increase | Oregon | Oregon Live

The number of Oregon students in unstable housing continued an uphill climb to 20,545 during the past school year, a harsh reminder of the economic downturn.

Since the Oregon Department of Education first began the annual homeless count during the 2003-04 school year, the number has more than doubled, and represents an increase of about 1,500 students from the previous year, according to data the state will release today. At the same time, many school districts across the state are facing increased budget constraints and scrambling to fund services for the heightened need.

Federal legislation requires each school district to conduct an annual count of students without stable housing and to employ a student liaison who can help arrange transportation so homeless students can stay in their school of origin, among other services.

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via Oregon Live