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Number of U.S. Homeless Children Now Over 1 Million

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The number of homeless children has topped one million for the first time, according to a report by the U.S. Department of Education.

The U.S. Department of Education said that many of the 1,065,794 homeless children live in abandoned homes, cheap hotels, stations, church basements and hospitals, reports RT.com.

Many kids trade sexual acts for food, clothing and shelter or sell illegal drugs to survive.

The McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act of 1987 requires pubic schools to register homeless children.

The Department of Education report was only able to report on kids currently enrolled in school, which means there are probably far more homeless children than reported.

Georgia has the highest number of homeless children, with about 45,000 homeless kids on the streets or in a temporary shelter each night.

The largest year-to-year increases in the report were Kentucky at 47 percent, Utah at 47 percent, Michigan at 38 percent, West Virginia at 38 percent and Mississippi at 35 percent.

Maria Foscarinis, executive director of the National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty, told RT.com: "The severe lack of affordable housing for families has yet to be addressed, and over one million children are paying the price. Everyone has a human right to safe, decent, affordable housing. And until we make that right a reality for all Americans, the number of homeless students will continue rising."

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