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Home and Homelessness in the Lives of Children

The article in The New York Times is titled "Little Street Arabs," and the writer, acknowledging "that there are no exact statistics of the number of this class" explains that:

It appears that the different homeless and vagrant children who were lodged in the various lodging houses of the (Children's Aid) Society during the past year amounted to over 10,000. . . . If we consider, in addition, the number cared for by other institutions, the number who were entirely uncared for and the number arrested by the police, we may easily believe that 20,000 is not an excessive estimate of the annual street wandering children of this city. (p. 4)

The date of this piece is February 18, 1868, attesting to the long history of homelessness for children.