Recession Means More Kids Facing Homelessness and Hunger

April 13 2009, 11:16 AM

One of the harsher realities of the struggling economy is front and center at Fairview Elementary School every day. Some kids tell teachers they are living in motels with their parents, according to The Denver Post, and some kids even became anxious about the school closing before spring break because they were worried they wouldn't get enough to eat. In March, 1,200 Denver Public Schools students were homeless, living in shelters, motels, or with family members or friends. That's up from 1,100 kids a year ago, as parents in low-income jobs find it tougher to maintain the pay and hours they need to provide basic food, shelter, and clothing for their kids. Another indicator that things are tough at the bottom rungs of the economic ladder, notes The New York Times, is that the recession has increased interest in newspapers by and for homeless people, including The Denver Voice, which now provide viable street jobs and one of the newspaper industry's few bright spots. In California, an agency is providing homeless people like Andrea and Greg Killgore with some cash so that they can leave the state for Denver, where they have a relative who will take them in, according to The Boston Globe.