By Maria Foscarinis
As the foreclosure crisis and continued unemployment push poverty to record levels , many Americans are sliding into homelessness. The Obama Administration estimates that family homelessness increased by 20 percent from 2007 to 2010 .
And while the loss of a home is traumatic for anyone, it is especially so for children. The mental, emotional, and economic consequences can extend far into adulthood.
Recent estimates put the numbers of homeless children at 1.6 million. The increase is dramatic: last year, public schools across the country reported a 38 percent rise in the number of homeless students identified since 2007.