2,600 Tarrant County children lived in motels last year, report reveals

May 23, 2022

The number of children in Tarrant County living in motels and hotels is on the rise due to rising rents, high apartment occupancy rates and reduced access to child care .

The Center for Transforming Lives recently released a report to raise awareness about families living in motels and their lack of access to resources, which has serious implications for the ability to break the cycle of homelessness.

Dubbed the “hidden homeless,” 2,600 children lived in motels during the 2020-2021 school year in Tarrant County, the coalition said, using information available from the Texas Education Agency. About half of these children are under 6 years old. Just five years ago, that number was half that of 1,110 children.

Data for the 2020-21 school year is likely low due to the impact of COVID-19 on school enrollment, said Carol Klocek, CEO of the Center for Transforming Lives.

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