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Number of homeless children in Virginia, Maryland rising

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(AP/ABC7) — A new report ranks Virginia 21st and Maryland 26th among the states for child homelessness.

(Photo: National Center on Family Homelessness)

Thought it wasn't ranked in the study, the report also shows that the number of homeless children in the District of Columbia sharply rose between 2009 and 2010.

But in Virginia's case, the National Center on Family Homelessness says the state's efforts to address the problem are inadequate.

The America's Youngest Outcasts 2010 report examined extent of child homelessness, risk for homelessness, child well-being and state policy and planning.

Virginia was ranked 46th for planning efforts. According to the report, Virginia doesn't have a state housing trust fund, an active Inter-agency Council on Homelessness or a 10-year plan that includes children and families.

In turn, both Maryland and D.C. have a state housing trust fund. The District does not have the 10-year-plan, though, the report says.

The report ranks Virginia 16th and Maryland 23rd for extent of child homelessness. There were 24,522 homeless children in Virginia in 2010, while in Maryland, there were 22,686 homeless.

In the District, the number of homeless children jumped from under 2,000 to 4,309 in one year.

Virginia was ranked 18th for risk for homelessness and 13th for child well-being. Maryland ranked 23rd and 36th in those categories, respectively.

The National Center on Family Homelessness released the report Tuesday. You can read the full report here. Vermont was the top-ranked state and Alabama was 50th.

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