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According to the National Center on Family Homelessness, Virginia ranks 21st among the states for child homelessness. But it also says the state's efforts to address the problem are inadequate.
The America's Youngest Outcasts 2010 report examined the extent of child homelessness, risk for homelessness, child well-being and state policy and planning. Virginia was ranked 46th for planning efforts. According to the report, released today, Virginia doesn't have a state housing trust fund, an active Interagency Council on Homelessness or a 10-year plan that includes children and families.
The report ranks Virginia 16th for extent of child homelessness. There were nearly 25,000 homeless children in Virginia in 2010.
Virginia was ranked 18th for risk for homelessness and 13th for child well-being.
The National Center on Family Homelessness released the report Tuesday. Vermont was the top-ranked state and Alabama was 50th.