The Health and Well-Being of Homeless High School Students
In New York City, one out of every eight public school students has been homeless at some point in the past five years. One in four (26%) of these students is in high school. ICPH’s report on the health of homeless high school students, More Than a Place To Sleep: Understanding the Health and Well-Being of Homeless High School Students, found that homeless high school students are struggling to not only find a place to sleep, but to meet their mental, emotional, and physical health needs as they pursue educational goals necessary to break the cycle of poverty and homelessness.
To build upon the findings of More Than a Place To Sleep, the Institute for Children, Poverty, and Homelessness 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. This tool allows people from different fields to tailor and engage with data on student homelessness in a way that is meaningful to them and the unique needs of their organization.
This tool uses data from the Centers for Disease Control’s 2015 Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS), which for the first time includes survey questions allowing us to distinguish homeless from housed students.
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.
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.