Homeless Children and Youth Survey
In February 2003, the Office of Education for Homeless Children and Youth, a program within North Dakota's Department of Public Instruction, conducted a survey to obtain information about homeless children and youth in North Dakota. The survey was mailed to all school principals and service agencies who may deal with homeless families. Those filling out the survey were asked to draw their statistics from the week of February 3 – 7, 2003. A total of 605 surveys were mailed out; 438 were returned. The information below was taken from the results of that survey.
An estimated 164 children & youth were found to be homeless in North Dakota.
About 42% of the children were living with relatives or friends (doubled up). 7% were reported to be living in hotels, 7% in homeless shelters, 6% in abuse/crisis shelters and others living in transitional housing or outdoors. Some children were living in unknown situations.
largest numbers of homeless children and youth reported were from the
Fort Yates, Bismarck/Mandan, Grand Forks, Belcourt/Turtle Mountain,
and Fargo/West Fargo areas.
Factors that are seen as barriers to the education of homeless children and youth in North Dakota were:
Factors that are concerns for North Dakota’s homeless children and youth in schools were:
**Please Note: Caution is urged in interpreting
survey results, as it is difficult to determine the numbers of homeless
children and youth
not sought out, identified, or reported. For additional information,
contact Ann Grausam at (701) 328-2292 in Bismarck, ND.