Sesame Street is now addressing homelessness. Lily, a seven year old muppet, is homeless, and last week Sesame Street in Communities convened a forum, inviting experts to launch its newest initiative. Panel members included LaShawn Haye, Project Hope Alliance, Kate Barrand,Horizons for Homeless Children, Karen Hudson, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Barbara Duffield, SchoolHouse Connection, Jasmine Hayes, the US Interagency Council on Homelessness, and it was moderated by Rocio Galarza from Sesame Community.
Panel members discussed several issues emanating from family homelessness, including how services are primarily geared toward adult needs, and childhood developmental needs and trauma experiences are not sufficiently resourced. Health issues also present challenges to families facing homelessness, exacerbated by the housing instability and lack of access to primary care providers.
Thousands of Missouri families struggle with homelessness each year.
Homelessness Statistics for Missouri
- Total Homeless Population 6,037
- Total Family Households Experiencing Homelessness 765
- Veterans Experiencing Homelessness 538
- Persons Experiencing Chronic Homelessness 1,087
- Unaccompanied Young Adults (Aged 18-24) Experiencing Homelessness 548
- Total number of homeless students 32,133
- Nighttime residence: Usheltered 578
- Nighttime residence: Shelters 2,827
- Nighttime residence: Hotels/motels 2,021
- Nighttime residence: Doubled up 26,707