Homeless Children

DALLAS (AP) - A study by the National Center on Family Homelessness placed Texas 50th in how homeless children fare.

The data from 2005-2006 was in four areas: the percentage of homeless children; their overall well-being; risk factors for homelessness, such as poverty and foreclosure rates; and what the state is doing to address the problems.

The Texas Interagency Council for the Homeless in April hopes to release a comprehensive plan to battle homelessness.

Dr. Ellen Bassuk is president of the center and an associate professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.

She says the child poverty level in Texas is 23 percent, compared to 18 percent nationwide.

The study found Texas has more than 337,000 homeless children - just over 5 percent of all youngsters in the state. But that number may have been temporarily inflated by families who lost homes during 2005 Hurricanes Rita and Katrina.

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