More Jefferson County Public School students are categorized as homeless this year than last. Marlene Gordon heads Louisville’s Coalition for the Homeless.
“There are 7,600 students in Jefferson County Public Schools that meet the criteria for homelessness. And that’s a 300 child increase from last year,” says Gordon.
Gordon says shelters are completely full, including a 36 unit family shelter. And so far this year they’ve had to turn away 120 families. Gordon says the biggest increase in the homeless population is single women with children. Many have been laid off because of the weak economy or find that their salaries can’t cover rising costs.