The McKinney-Vento Act defines homeless children and youth as individuals who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate night-time residence. Homelessness, or lack of permanent shelter, is an obvious and often brutal impediment to economic advancement for individuals and families.
In 2011, the North Central Community Action Program (NCCAP) reported 382 south Wood County (excluding Rome) residents at risk of impending homelessness. Of these individuals, 37% were children. Wood County Human Services had an additional 60 south Wood County area cases in 2011.
Refining the focus to homelessness among school-aged children demonstrates economic insecurity for some local families over the past seven years. Over that seven-year period, the state experienced small, steady growth and the rate of homeless students did not exceed 2%. The south Wood County area peaked at 3.5% during the 2007-08 academic year and fell to 2.6% in 2010-11.
Vital Signs covers the south Wood County area of Wisconsin, including the municipalities of: Biron; Cranmoor; Grand Rapids; Nekoosa; Pittsville; Port Edwards – town and village; Rome – Adams County; Rudolph – town and village; Saratoga; Seneca; Sigel; Vesper; Wisconsin Rapids.
Additional information and local stories can be found in the complete Vital Signs 2.0 report; download here.
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