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In the 2015-16 school year, 72,601 children and youth in Florida were identified as homeless. These students are temporarily doubled up others or are staying in hotels and motels, shelters, transitional housing, and unsheltered locations.

This report by the Shimberg Center and Miami Homes for All explores the impacts of homelessness and housing instability on education by focusing on these students’ experiences.

Findings are based on student data provided by the Florida Department of Education (FDOE) and phone interviews with school district staff serving as homelessness education liaisons in 29 counties throughout Florida. The report finds:


  • The number of students identified as homeless in Florida more than doubled between 2007-08 and 2015-16.
  • Most of these students are doubled up with family and friends.
  • Homeless students trail their housed peers in attendance, academic, and disciplinary indicators.
  • The lack of affordable housing for families with children and developmentally appropriate housing options for unaccompanied youth is a root cause of students’ homelessness.

The report also includes policy recommendations based on the report findings and best practices from across the country.

The study was made possible by JPMorgan Chase & Co.

Report downloads:


Metropolitan Area Fact Sheets:


View interactive map of Florida schools and homeless student counts.