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Helping the Homeless

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The National Coalition for the Homeless estimates that children have become the largest segment of the population being affected by homelessness. In 2005, 41 percent of the people who were homeless were under 18. Some were runaways but most lived with their families or at least a sibling, sharing either a room at a shelter or living with relatives or family friends. While most homeless children do attend school, they are more likely to drop out early, repeat a grade or have learning problems.