About Homelessness

Homelessness is difficult to comprehend for those who haven’t experienced it, but it is a problem that has widespread impact on communities and long term impact for the people who experience it. In the video below you'll meet Sam and learn how homelessness impacted his education and how School on Wheels' academic intervention transformed his life.

There are over 5,000 children impacted by homelessness in Marion County, Indiana, each year. Families make up more than one third of the homeless population. Without intervention, research indicates that children impacted by homelessness frequently read below grade level, are more likely to be held back a grade, and are less likely to graduate.

  • Students impacted by homelessness have lower educational achievement among all grades than their housed peers.
  • They are more likely to have behavioral and learning disabilities than their housed peers.
  • Students experiencing homelessness change schools an average of three times while homeless. Each time, it takes four to six months to catch up academically.