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Hundreds of Homeless Children Attending School District

by Justin Kree
NewsWest 9

MIDLAND - Families with children make up 40% of the homeless population across the nation. It's no secret that it's pretty wealthy in the Permian Basin but the homeless population is on the rise here as well.

"We continue to see a rise in families that are homeless. Including children who are homeless. It's because the lack of affordable housing and apartment complex's," Executive Director of Family Promise of Midland, Tom Miller, said.

Tom Miller is the Executive Director for Family Promise of Midland. A non-profit aiming to end homelessness one family at a time. He has seen life-long Midlanders being forced out on the street because of the oil boom.

"There are people in the service industry here in Midland. They are not directly tied to the oil industry who serve you dinner. Or clean your house, or mow your yards. They need housing as well, and we can't price gauge," Miller said.

Children are feeling the homeless pains as well. Last year, there were over 450 children attending Midland schools who couldn't go to a home after school.

"We have high expectations for our students in our school district. And rightfully so, we should have. We also think while everyone has a kitchen table to sit at night time, or a quiet place to go do our homework and really concentrate, the homeless kids don't," Miller said.

An ongoing problem in all 50 states.

If you know someone facing homelessness, you can visit www.familypromiseofmidland.com on information to stay warm this winter.

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