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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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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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Dating Violence & Homeless Students

Homeless students are at alarmingly high risk for sexual violence. Among high schoolers, homeless students were much more likely than their housed classmates to have someone they were dating force them into unwanted sexual activity.

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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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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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