San Diego County Homeless Students: 2016-2017

The number of homeless students reported by school districts affects the amount of federal funding states, county education offices and districts are eligible to receive each year. New data show more than 23,800 students were homeless last year in San Diego County — a record high and a 4.7 percent increase over the previous year.

Search the table to view the number of students who are living in shelters, motels or hotels, or doubled up in a home with another family.

Source: San Diego County Office of Education, California Department of Education

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San Diego County homeless student count reaches record high. But how real are the numbers?

By Megan Wood, inewsource

New data shows more than 23,800 students were homeless last year in San Diego County — a record high and a 4.7 percent increase over the previous year.

But a county Office of Education official acknowledges the homeless student count could be wrong. It all depends on who does the counting and how they interpret federal guidelines for calculating who is homeless. At stake is millions of dollars in federal funding.

“It's as accurate as whoever's counting for that district that year. I always look at the numbers as the best estimation we have,” said Susie Terry, who oversees foster youth and homeless education services for the county Office of Education. 

The accuracy of each district’s count of homeless students heavily relies on the experience of its homeless student liaison, Terry said. That’s the individual responsible for enrolling and helping homeless students with such things as transportation to and from school and referrals for health services.

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