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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 or their first child.

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What's New

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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GIS Day: Discovering Family Homelessness Through GIS

To mark GIS Day 2017, Senior GIS Analyst Kristen MacFarlane examines the many ways ICPH uses Geographic Information Systems in our work.

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Family Homelessness Exists in Your Community

Seattle has long been on the forefront when it comes to supporting homeless students and working to end family homelessness, but family homelessness is so pervasive that every school, neighborhood, community, and individual in Seattle must accept that someone in their world is experiencing housing instability.

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Hunger: A Homeless Family Issue

Homeless children and families not only struggle with housing, but also accessing basic needs, such as food to eat. Hunger and homelessness know no bounds—children in every city and state lack basic necessities.

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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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Shining a Light on Student Homelessness at SXSW EDU 2018

We are thrilled to announce our acceptance to SXSW EDU 2018! The Invisible Million is what we named our session; our hope is that with access to such a wide audience we can help homeless students across the nation finally be seen by communities, educators, advocates, elected officials, and more.

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Homelessness in California: Where Homeless Students Attend School

This interactive map enables users to visualize homelessness among students in California by school district. We believe this tool provides information critical to improving California's programs and policies.

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Student Homelessness: The Ever-growing Epidemic

With the release of the annual student homelessness snapshot data from New York State, we learned that in school year 2016–17 more than 111,500 New York City students lived in temporary housing, a 6% jump from the prior year and a 60% increase since 2010–11.

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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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