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Posted at 12:08 PM ET, 12/05/2011

More young D.C. parents without homes, report says

From elsewhere in The Post: Miracle Johnson and her son spent months living in Johnson’s car when they had nowhere else to go. The 21-year-old mom got good news this fall when Covenant House, a local shelter, said there was room for her and 5-year-old Jatavion, but the Johnsons’ struggle is becoming a common one.
Jatavion Johnson listens as his mom, Miracle Johnson, reads to him at Covenant House. (Mark Gail - THE WASHINGTON POST)

“According to a study of homeless youths in the District that will be released Monday by the D.C. Alliance of Youth Advocates (DCAYA), a growing number of parents younger than 24 are seeking shelter. The group surveyed nearly 500 people ages 12 to 24 who were living in emergency shelters, on the street or in other unstable housing arrangements. About half had children — and most had custody of them,” writes Teresa Tomassoni.

Lack of education and high unemployment rates are reasons for the spike in homeless parents, the report says. This year D.C. added 56 apartments for young families, but some say that’s not enough, Tomassoni reports.

“More than 300 homeless youths were counted during one night of the survey in March — and that number is probably low.”

By On Parenting  |  12:08 PM ET, 12/05/2011

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