Mass. Stands Out For Helping Homeless Kids

A new national report says Massachusetts is doing a better job than most other states when it comes to helping homeless children.

WBUR's Monica Brady-Myerov reports.

BRADY-MYEROV: The National Center on Family Homelessness ranks states based on the number of homeless children as well as their health and educational well being, among other factors. Massachusetts ranks 8th in the U.S., says Ellen Bassuk, President of the National Center on Family Homelessness.

BASSUK: Massachusetts has done some excellent planning with respect to child homelessness. They also have had one of the most progressive child care voucher programs, in which homeless families were given priority.

BRADY-MYEROV: But Bassuk notes family homeless shelters are overflowing in Massachusetts, and more children are being housed in hotels and motels.

For WBUR, I'm Monica Brady-Myerov

This program aired on March 11, 2009. The audio for this program is not available.


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