Texas No Longer Worst in Homeless Children Study

Texas has 131,198 homeless children, according to the study, down from 337,000 in 2009

By LINDA STEWART BALL
|  Tuesday, Dec 13, 2011  |  Updated 9:41 AM CDT
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Texas Ranks 38th in Homeless Kids Study

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Texas is trying to end homelessness.

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Over the past year, 3-year-old Kourtney Marie Davis has often asked her mother where they would be sleeping that night.

Kourtney joined the growing ranks of homeless children in Texas after her mom was laid off from her job last year and the family could no longer afford their Dallas apartment.

An updated study by the National Center on Family Homelessness released Tuesday placed Texas 38th in the nation in how homeless children fare. That's an improvement from the dead last ranking Texas earned in 2009.

Dr. Ellen L. Bassuk is president of the national center that produced the report. She says Texas has created a helpful strategic plan for ending homelessness. But with more than 131,000 homeless children, she says it still has much work to do.

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