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Report Finds Oregon Has Fifth Highest Percentage Of Homeless Children In US

A new report by the National Center on Family Homelessness found that nearly one in 30 American children was homeless in 2013, which equates to about 2.5 million kids nationwide.

Oregon has the fifth highest percentage of homeless children, with more than 38,000 kids considered homeless in the state.

The findings, published in "America's Youngest Outcasts: A Report Card on Child Homelessness" reports that youth homelessness has increased 8 percent compared to 2012. Only Kentucky, New York, California, Alabama and Oklahoma had larger percentages of child homelessness when adjusted for state population.

However, Oregon's homeless youth population is on the decline, with nearly 3,000 fewer kids without a home in 2012-2013 when compared to 2011-2012.

Oregon came in at No. 11 for best state policy and planning, which the report found to be moderate compared to the rest of the country. The report ranked state polices as either inadequate, early, moderate or extensive.

Oregon's composite score ranked it as 26th when comparing homeless children populations, available services and state policies.

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