ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A new report ranks New Mexico as one of the worst states in the nation for child homelessness.
The report, “America’s Youngest Outcasts,” was released Monday by the National Center on Family Homelessness, part of the American Institutes for Research. Ranking states from 1 (best) to 50 (worst), New Mexico filled the No. 46 position.
The report uses the latest comprehensive federal and state data, including the U.S. Department of Education’s annual count of homeless children in public schools, and U.S. Census Bureau data from 2013.
New Mexico’s 46th ranking is based on a composite of four areas, or “domains,” child psychologist Carmela DeCandia, director of the National Center on Family Homelessness, said Monday.