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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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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 of their first child.

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One-Third of Georgia’s Homeless Students Live in Rural Areas

This snapshot is part of a series analyzing student homelessness in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. It analyzes how many homeless students are enrolled in public schools in Georgia, where in the state they reside, and how they perform in school compared to their peers.

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Learning English While Homeless: Fast Fluency Drives Academic Success—Part Two

The number of homeless ELLs is rapidly increasing, growing by more than 50% over six years. ELLs and homeless students alike face many obstacles to their education, however, learning English quickly sets these students on a path toward academic success. But why do some young students become fluent in English with just three years of learning while others take longer?

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On The Map: The Atlas of Student Homelessness in New York City 2018—Section 1

In this first section of the 2018 Atlas of Student Homelessness in New York City, ICPH explores the fundamental questions surrounding the crisis of student homelessness: who these students are, where do they go to school, and how has this mounting crisis evolved in recent years.

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Learning English While Homeless: Why Early Fluency Matters

English Language Learners (ELLs) make up roughly one in every seven students enrolled in New York City public schools each year. Homeless students are a growing share of this group, increasing by more than 50% in six years. By SY 2015–16, one in six English Language Learners was homeless, a total of 23,000 students.

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Learning English While Homeless: Fast Fluency Drives Academic Success

ELLs make up roughly one in every seven students enrolled in New York City public schools each year. Homeless students are a growing share of this group, increasing by more than 50% in six years. By SY 2015–16, one in six English language learners was homeless, a total of 23,000 students.

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Suicide and Depression Among Homeless High School Students

This report, based on data from eight states and New York City, shows that homeless students are at significantly higher risk for suicide than high school students overall. Their academic success requires ongoing and available support and resources to help them manage the stressors in their daily lives.

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Asthma Prevalence & Access to Care Among Homeless High School Students

Homeless students are up to twice as likely to have asthma than housed students, however they face challenges accessing health care. These teens face many obstacles in their day-to-day lives: they often do not know where they are going to sleep and face hunger, abuse, and violent situations. Too often, their healthcare is placed on the backburner.

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The Health and Well-Being of Homeless High School Students

ICPH developed an interactive tool for users to further explore differences in risk behaviors and health outcomes between homeless high school students and their housed classmates.

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Turning Disruptive Behavior into Learning Opportunities

At suspension hubs, teachers were less likely to see disruptive behavior as an opportunity for social-emotional growth. For the 1 in 5 homeless middle school students who attended a suspension hub, ongoing training and resources in schools holds the most promise in reducing school suspensions.

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What Students and Teachers Say About School Climate at Suspension Hubs

The NYC DOE surveys parents, teachers, and students each year to gather information on a host of topics including school safety, investment in learning, and discipline approach. Responses indicate that there is a connection between school climate and suspension rates—the poorer the climate, the higher the suspension rate.

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Latest publications

On The Map: The Atlas of Student Homelessness in New York City 2018—Section 1

In this first section of the 2018 Atlas of Student Homelessness in New York City, ICPH explores the fundamental questions surrounding the crisis of student homelessness: who these students are, where do they go to school, and how has this mounting crisis evolved in recent years.

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The Seattle Atlas of Student Homelessness

While Seattle is known for its tech titans, cycling enthusiasts, and progressive values, it is also home to over 3,600 homeless students. Ninety-seven percent of all public schools in Seattle serve at least one homeless student; 71% serve more than 10. In this publication, ICPH, through a partnership with Seattle Public Schools, illustrates just how pervasive and far-reaching the issue of student homelessness is across the city.

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