The number of homeless kids in Maryland is about 1.8% of all kids enrolled in public school.* That means that for a high school with a total enrollment of 1,000, 18 of those kids are homeless.
Anne Arundel County Homelessness
In Anne Arundel County the number of homeless kids has risen by 58% between 2018 – 2021. The Light House Shelter notes that there are 1,000 students in the public school system that are currently homeless. The Governor’s Office for Children states that these children are prone to being disconnected and socially disengaged, at risk of physical and sexual abuse, and reports higher rates of mental, behavioral and physical health issues than their peers.
For some perspective, the National Alliance to End Homeless estimates there are approximately 6,360 homeless people in the entire state.
The Light House Shelter
Today we are discussing homelessness in Anne Arundel County and what The Light House, a homeless prevention center in Annapolis, is doing to help individuals and families get back on their feet. Joining us are Heather Cassity, Executive Director of The Light House, and Corine Sheridan with Friends of the Light House, which works to raise funds for The Light House.
*data from the Governor’s Office for Children