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 new report is an in-depth analysis of dozens of demographic, economic, educational, and geographic factors that impact family homelessness in New York City.
A new report from the Institute for Children, Poverty and Homelessness found that 1 in 3 high school students in New York City that has attempted suicide is homeless and over 40 percent of homeless teens struggle with depression, a rate 12 percentage points higher than their housed peers.
“More Than a Place to Sleep,” examined the effects of homelessness on teenagers―and found that homeless high schoolers are more likely than their housed peers to attempt suicide, experience intimate partner violence and suffer from preventable but serious health issues.