According to a joint report released this month by Texas Appleseed and Texas Network of Youth Services, there are approximately 113,000 homeless students in Texas public schools.
A new report about youth homelessness in Texas highlights a need for comprehensive policies and a funding stream to address the ongoing issue. Texas Appleseed partnered with Texas Network of Youth Services (TNOYS) and conducted more than 100 interviews with youth who had experienced or are experiencing homelessness in Texas. Both groups also pulled data from state agencies related to youth.
A new study looks at youth homelessness in Texas, and it tackles the issue from a few different angles, including education. For starters, it debunks the idea that this is mostly a problem in urban school districts.
Earlier this month, two teenagers in foster care were struck by a vehicle after running away from Child Protective Services (CPS) offices in Houston, where they had been staying because of a lack of appropriate placement options. One, a 15-year-old girl, died from her injuries. The tragic fatality has heightened attention on Texas’ foster care capacity crisis, but it is important to recognize that the issues Texas must address are much broader.
Lawmakers are fast-tracking a bill designed to overhaul the state’s child protective system. This comes just a few days after the governor says the agency is on his top-priority list. On Friday, current and former foster children will rally for lawmakers to make swift changes to Child Protective Services.