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Housing Instability May Rise. Schools Are Already On The Front Lines.

The number of homeless students ballooned in the wake of the Great Recession, and continued to rise even after unemployment rates fell. The economic consequences of the coronavirus pandemic have appeared faster and are affecting a larger swath of American society, with unemployment claims hitting record highs.

How long the economic pain will last this time is unclear. But advocates worry the pandemic will lead to a rise in families experiencing homelessness or housing instability, especially when federal and state moratoriums on evictions lift. Already, many families are unprotected by these measures.

That would mean more students are entitled to help under the federal law that offers protections to homeless students. The challenge for schools will be making sure they get it, especially if school staff members aren’t seeing students in person.

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