Homeless Children Go Back to School, Too; Volunteer Today

Student standing against wall.

Updated August 2017

More than 189,000 students begin classes at our public schools on Aug. 28. Among them will be an estimated 250+ students who are homeless and facing some substantial hurdles before they pick up a crayon or open a book.

“A lot of people go to school and act like it’s a fashion show. I don’t go to school to impress people. I go so I can build a career and future for myself.” 10-year-old former resident at the Katherine K. Hanley Family Shelter

According to studies, children who are homeless are:

  • More likely to have lower academic achievement.
  • Four times as likely to have developmental delays.
  • Twice as likely to have learning disabilities.
  • Twice as likely to repeat a grade, most often due to frequent absences and moves to new schools.
  • More likely to be sick.

We work with several community partners and the school system to provide critical services to children experiencing homelessness. There are many ways you can help:

Volunteer Your Time and Skills


Podcast conversation with Dean Klein, director of Fairfax County’s Office to Prevent and End Homelessness:


For more information, call the Office to Prevent and Homelessness at 703-324-9492 (TTY 711).



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