4,400 Students Reported Homeless in Miami-Dade

Students living in households with more than one family considered homeless, officials said

Thursday, Oct 25, 2012  |  Updated 5:48 PM EDT
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Homeless Men Help Deputy With Violent Suspect

More than 4,400 students were reported homeless in Miami-Dade County, school officials said.

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BSO Honors Homeless Men Who Helped Deputy

The Broward Sheriff's Office took time Wednesday to honor three homeless men who helped one of their deputies nab a robbery suspect earlier this month. James Finch, Jose Ramos, and Carmello Maldonado were presented with new bikes, a Publix gift card, and bookbags.

Homeless Men Help Deputy With Violent Suspect

Three homeless men came to the aid of a deputy who was trying to arrest a man who had become violent with him, authorities said Thursday. Deputy Kevin Meyer was dispatched to a Pompano Beach McDonald's on Saturday morning. When he arrived, he was told that Patrick Davis, 29, tried to steal someone's backpack.
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Public schools officials say they counted more than 4,400 homeless students in Miami-Dade County in the last school year.

Officials say homelessness among public school students ages 5 to 17 has jumped 84 percent in the last five years.

The Miami Herald reports that 56,680 students statewide were reported homeless during the 2010-2011 school year. Among those students were 4,406 students in Miami-Dade Public Schools, the fourth-largest school district in the nation.

The Miami-Dade Homeless Trust says the school district defines homelessness to include children living in households with more than one family. The trust says that means the vast majority of the students the school district counted as homeless were living in some form of housing instead of on the streets.

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