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A recent article in The Washington Post highlighted a critical policy issue affecting homeless children and families. Currently, the criteria that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) uses to define "homelessness" is extremely narrow and includes only families living in shelters or literally on the street. Using this definition, HUD claims that family homelessness has declined 12 percent since 2008. This claim probably rings untrue if not absurd to anyone living in a city such as D.C. where family homelessness is on the rise. A realistic picture of the true dimensions of the crisis in family homelessness is found by using the criteria that the U.S. Department of Education uses to define homeless. This more expansive definition includes families living doubled up with friends or family members or paying for motel rooms. Under this criteria, there are 70 percent more homeless students than in 2008 and double the number in 2006.