TULSA, Okla. (AP) - A new study released today shows Oklahoma is
among four states in the country that have the highest overall risk for child homelessness.
In its state-by-state report card on the subject, The National Center on Family Homelessness ranks Oklahoma No. 31 overall based on its performance in four areas. Those include extent of child homelessness adjusted for population, child well-being, risk for child homelessness and state policy and planning efforts.
Dubbed "America's Youngest Outcasts," the 220-page study estimated that more than 1.5 million children living in families had no place to call home between 2005-2006. Also during that period, about 75 percent of the country's identified homeless children lived in just 11 states.
The report estimated nearly 5,600 homeless children in Oklahoma, and found that one in 21 children in the state do not know where they will get their next meal.
In terms of the risk for child homelessness, Oklahoma comes in47th. Only Georgia, Louisiana and Texas fared worse.
In the overall rank, Connecticut had the best rating, while Texas earned the lowest.