The Spark

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.” — Karl Marx

U.S. Homeless Children

Feb 17, 2020

Among America’s 50 million public schoolchildren, more than 1.5 million were homeless at some time during the 2017–2018 school year, according to a National Center for Homeless Education report.

Some were bounced from home to home and couch-surfed with friends or family. Their parents lost their homes because of financial problems or weather-related catastrophes like hurricanes or fires.

More than 100,000 slept in cars, in vacant buildings, or out on the street.

The opioid addiction crisis made orphans of children by killing young parents. Authorities are quick to cut social services budgets and slow to show care for these children.

The number of homeless students has doubled since 2005 in this, the richest country in the world. This shows the mercilessness of a society in which housing is more and more expensive. A growing part of the working class can’t afford housing.