Reports released by National Center on Family Homelessness show child homelessness is at an all-time high in the U.S.
The study ranks states 1 to 50 with No. 1 being the best and No. 50 being the worst. South Carolina was ranked 36th, falling in the bottom half of the country.
The report shows from 2011 to 2012, there were more than 20,000 homeless children in South Carolina.
From 2012 to 2013, that number jumped to more than 22,000.
On a national level, the report shows nearly 2.5 million American children were homeless at some point in 2013.
The study is called, "America's Youngest Outcasts."
It was released just in time for the beginning of National Hunger and Homelessness awareness week.
According to the report, child homelessness increased by 8% nationally from 2012 to 2013.
The report blames the nation's high poverty rate on the lack of affordable housing and the impacts of domestic violence.
The report ranks the states based on four factors:
- Extent of Child Homelessness
- Child Well-Being
- Risk for Child Homelessness
- State Policy and Planning Efforts
States with the best scores were: Minnesota, Nebraska and Massachusetts.
At the bottom were: Alabama, Mississippi and California.
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