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In New York City, 1 in 7 public school students will be homeless during elementary school. That is more than 140,000 children in the past six years.

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Registration is now open for the Beyond Housing Conference in NYC, January 10–12, 2018.

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1 in 5 teen parents with children in the NYC Department of Education daycare program for student parents had been homeless in the past 5 years.

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1 in 10 teen parents with children in the NYC Department of Education daycare program for student parents became homeless after the birth or their first child.

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What's New

What Now? Homeless Students in the Aftermath of Harvey

The water in Houston may be receding, but the damage has been done. Before a single drop of rain fell in the state of Texas, more than 110,000 children in at least 25,000 families were homeless. Now those numbers have swelled into the hundreds of thousands.

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How Can Schools Provide Homeless Students with Emotional and Behavioral Support?

Children who experience homelessness are often confronted with roadblocks, potholes, twists, and turns that prevent them from ever reaching their full potential. They are frequently sent to school sleep deprived, malnourished, and with emotional and mental challenges—yet are expected to perform at the same levels as students without the same baggage.

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Elementary School Proficiency: What Schools Are Getting It Right for Students in Shelter?

Across the country, children as young as 8 to 10 years old are experiencing homelessness. As a result, measurable gaps in their educational achievement can surface. In New York City, the elementary school outcomes of students living in shelters make a compelling case for providing additional supports to homeless students.

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Summer 2017, Vol. 8.1

The Summer 2017 issue of UNCENSORED looks beyond where homeless families sleep to another core issue—their health. Health plays an important role in predicting the future success and productivity of homeless children and their families. Simply put, health problems can not only lead to homelessness, but can make it difficult to escape this most extreme form of poverty.

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How Do We Reach Homeless Students in Need?

The only way that educational supports can be effective is if they actually reach the students who need them. Unfortunately, it seems that supports such as English language learning (ELL) and special education services may be missing opportunities to effectively reach young students who are homeless.

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Why Do Homeless Students Miss School?

Children of all ages who live in homeless shelters have trouble getting to school. This means that half of students living in shelter are chronically absent, missing 20 or more school days in one year.

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Launch Event: The Atlas of Student Homelessness in New York City 2017

Join us for a breakfast conversation with leaders in the field and the launch of our latest publication, On the Map: The Atlas of Student Homelessness in New York City 2017.

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The Rapid Growth of Homeless Students in New York City: Instability in Every School District

With the launch of the 2017 On the Map: The Atlas of Student Homelessness in New York City, we see that student homelessness is rapidly growing in New York City public schools. In fact, every single school district saw an increase in student homelessness between SY 2014-15 and SY 2015-16.

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The Atlas of Student Homelessness Web App

Building upon the findings of On the Map: The Atlas of Student Homelessness in New York City 2017, ICPH developed an interactive tool for users to further explore the educational outcomes of homeless New York City students and compare outcomes between districts, boroughs, and the City overall.

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On the Map: The Atlas of Student Homelessness in New York City 2017

For the more than 140,000 students in New York City who have been homeless, the impact of housing instability is all too real. These children are not only struggling with maintaining a place to sleep, but also attending school, succeeding academically, and accessing supports for their additional educational and behavioral needs. The 2017 Atlas of Student Homelessness in New York City provides an in-depth look at the educational outcomes of homeless students.

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Latest publications

On the Map: The Atlas of Student Homelessness in New York City 2017

For the more than 140,000 students in New York City who have been homeless, the impact of housing instability is all too real. These children are not only struggling with maintaining a place to sleep, but also attending school, succeeding academically, and accessing supports for their additional educational and behavioral needs. The 2017 Atlas of Student Homelessness in New York City provides an in-depth look at the educational outcomes of homeless students.

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Out of the Shadows: A State-by-State Ranking of Accountability for Homeless Students

A quality education can be the most important tool to helping children and families lift themselves out of a recurring pattern of housing instability. To do that, however, these children must first be identified as homeless and then receive the necessary support to ensure that homelessness does not disrupt their learning.

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