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.
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 Virginia, where in the state they reside, and how they perform in school compared to their peers.
"When children are separated from their parents at an early age, they are at greater risk for mental health problems, developmental delays, and difficulty forming relationships later in life."
This new report is an in-depth analysis of dozens of demographic, economic, educational, and geographic factors that impact family homelessness in New York City.