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According to Fact Sheet 10 published by the National Coalition for the Homeless June 1999 homeless children are by the most accounts among the fastest growing segments of the homeless population Almost one quarter of homeless people in the United States are children and they are their parents are the fastest-growing segment of the homeless population according to an article on a recent study of homeless children in shelters in Los Angeles County Families with children constitute approximately 40 of people who become homeless Shinn and Weitzman 1996 A survey of 30 US cities found that in 1998 children accounted for 25 of the urban homeless population and unaccompanied minors accounted for 3 of the urban homeless population US Conference of Majors 1998 Homelessness hunger and health are major issues in the poverty of children in the United States State young poverty rates range from under 12 in New Hampshire and Utah to 40 or more in Louisiana and West Virginia The District of Columbia and seven states California New York and Texas plus Louisiana Mississippi New Mexico and West Virginia have young child poverty rates that significantly exceed the 1992-1996 national rate of 247 Fifteen states have rates of poverty that are significantly lower than national rate Extreme poverty among young children varies to an even greater extent across states Eight states and the District of Columbia including the large states of Florida New York and Texas have extreme poverty rates that are significantly higher than US average of 117 percent Rates are significantly lower than the US average in fifteen The near poverty rate among young children ranges from less than 30 in Massachusetts and New Jersey to greater than 60 in Mississippi West Virginia and the District of Columbia Eleven states including California Florida and Texas and the District of Columbia have near poverty rates that are significantly higher than the national average of 442 percent whereas 12 states have rates that
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