New research by UCLA Black Male Institute details increase in Black Student Homelessness In Los Angeles County

News Advisory Contact: John McDonald
January 30, 2019 –  jmcdonald@gseis.ucla.edu

 

New research by UCLA Black Male Institute details increase
in Black Student Homelessness In Los Angeles County

Young, Black and Houseless, an analysis of the LA County black homeless student population, will be published by the Black Male Institute at the UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies, Wednesday, January 30, 2019.

The analysis finds the number of black homeless students in Los Angeles County has increased by more than 40 percent since 2014-15. One-third of black students experiencing homelessness in California reside in Los Angeles County. Black students are the only racial/ethnic group that disproportionately experiences homelessness. While black students make up about 7.5 percent of student enrollment in Los Angeles County, they account for 10% of homeless students. The graduation rate for black students experiencing homelessness is 20 percent below the average graduation rate for Los Angeles County. Just over half black boys experiencing homelessness graduate on time.

The research is led by Earl Edwards, a doctoral student at the UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies with the Black Male Institute. Edwards was himself homeless as a youth.

The analysis is available on January 30, 2019 at http://blackmaleinstitute.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/Young-Black-Houseless.pdf – A summary article of the research and findings is also available.