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Number Of Homeless Children In Wichita Tops 1,800

Wichita educators and social workers have counted more than 1,800 homeless children in the Wichita School District. Advocates say that number is going to keep going higher.

The U.S. Department of Education counts anyone "doubling up" or living with another family as homeless, in addition to those living on the street or in shelters. That number hit 1,829 in Wichita schools on Friday, including 14 new ones identified earlier that week.

The school district's liaison for homeless students, Cynthia Martinez, says many homeless parents want to work and are neither lazy nor unintelligent. She says many of the new homeless families include parents who used to work for local aeronautical companies before being laid off.