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January 21, 2014 4:11 PM

Many teens have no place to call home, and their number is rising

Statistics on homeless youths are elusive, much like the youths themselves. But the consensus is that the problem is far more widespread than many people realize. Melissa Douglas, homeless liaison for Kansas City Public Schools, said that among the 1,315 homeless students in the district in 2012-2013, a total of 202, or 15 percent, were “unaccompanied,” or out on their own.

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