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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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What's New

Why Addressing the Suspension of Homeless Students in Middle School Matters

For homeless students, middle school is a formative time—and what they experience in school can make or break their future opportunities.

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Suspension Hubs: The Rise in Suspensions Among Homeless Students

In New York City, there are 102 suspension hub middle schools where students are disciplined at extremely high rates. In suspension hubs, 1 in 7 homeless students were suspended—compared to 1 in 25 middle school students overall.

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Suspension Hubs Interactive Map

In New York City, there are 102 Suspension Hub schools serving nearly 3,500 homeless middle schoolers. These schools suspended more than 6.6% of their students overall in SY 2015–16—nearly three times the city's rate. Explore the data further using this interactive tool.

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The United States of Homelessness

The nature of child homelessness varies greatly not only state by state, but district to district. To show exactly where, and how, homelessness is growing in the country, ICPH developed The United States of Homelessness, an interactive web tool that allows users to investigate these trends for themselves.

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New Jersey’s Student Homelessness Grew the Most of Any State Over 3 Years

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 New Jersey, where in the state they reside, and how they perform in school compared to their peers.

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Illuminating the Invisible Million

On March 6, 2018 at SXSW EDU in Austin, TX, step into the hidden world of student homelessness at “The Invisible Million: Homeless Students in the U.S.”

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Are We Really Counting America’s Homeless Families?

Right now, a collection of advocates and local government officials across the United States are preparing to spread out in their counties, communities, and neighborhoods to count the number of homeless Americans. At first glance, this seems like a fairly sensible way to go about the messy work of measuring an important social and economic indicator. But, of course, every method has its drawbacks.

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Changing the Conversation about Homeless Students

For years, we at the Institute for Children, Poverty, and Homelessness have focused a spotlight on student homelessness in major cities, with annual reports on New York City and now, for the first time, Seattle.

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Disparities in Discipline: Making Sure Seattle’s Homeless Students Aren’t Left Behind

Suspensions are given to millions of students each year, taking them out of school and negatively impacting their behavior and achievement. For students experiencing homelessness, removal from the classroom can have severe consequences.

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Addressing the Opportunity Gap: Student Homelessness in Seattle Public Schools

The instability of homelessness can have lasting effects on a child’s academic performance. In Seattle Public Schools, housed students performed better than their homeless peers across races and subjects.

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Latest publications

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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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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