Last November the National Center on Family Homelessness at American Institutes for Research (NCFH) released a report exposing that 2.5 million children are homeless in America.
The report analyzes each state in four different areas: the extent of child homelessness, child wellbeing, the risk for children becoming homeless, and the policy efforts undertaken to address homelessness. Child homelessness is endemic in the US. Even in Minnesota, the state scoring best overall, there are still about 2 percent of children homeless.
California, the wealthiest state in the country, home to over 100 billionaires, accounts for over 500,000 of these children, or about one in 20 children in the state. It ranked as the third worst in the extent of homelessness, the second worst in policy, and in the lower half of the US in terms of risk and wellbeing, making it the third worst US state for child homelessness overall.\