Texas identified over 113,000 students experiencing homelessness in its public schools during the 2014-2015 school year. Students are identified at each campus and reported to the Texas Education Agency through the Public Education Information Management System (PEIMS). These numbers are then reported to the United States Department of Education. You may see additional official Texas homeless student data by clicking here.
Not all school-age children in homeless situations are identified by their schools. Research projections from the Urban Institute and other social policy researchers estimate that 10% of children living in poverty will experience homelessness in any given year. The Texas 2010 census identified nearly 1,600,000 children living in poverty. In 2015, the Kids Count Data Center reported Texas had 1,637,000 children living in poverty. Based upon this figure, over 160,000 school children will experience homelessness in Texas this year.
The Texas Homeless Education Office is committed to ensuring that all Texas children in homeless situations have the opportunity to enroll in, attend, and succeed in school. In its efforts to accomplish this goal, the office provides a variety of services to school districts, education service centers, students, parents, caregivers, service providers, shelters, state agencies, advocates, higher education institutions, and other interested parties.
THEO is funded by the federal McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Assistance Improvements Act. Cosponsors include:
- U.S. Department of Education
- Texas Education Agency
- Region 10 Education Service Center
- Charles A. Dana Center at the University of Texas at Austin
Charles A. Dana Center
The University of Texas at Austin
1616 Guadalupe Street, Suite 3.206
Austin, TX 78701
You may call us toll-free in Texas: 1-800-446-3142.
Send faxes to 512-471-6193.
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