On the Map: The New York City Interactive Map of Student Homelessness
The Institute for Children, Poverty, and Homelessness has created an interactive map that enables users to visualize homelessness among students in every public school in the city. We believe this tool provides information critical to improving our city’s programs and policies.
As of August 2017, this map features data from the 2015-2016 school year. Periodically we will update and/or add new data and elements to the New York City Interactive Map of Student Homelessness.
Each dot on the map represents a school. When a dot is clicked, a box appears with information on the school including: the number and percent of students who are homeless, as well as the school’s name, address, and total enrollment. Each school information box also contains the school’s borough, community district, city council district, police precinct, school district, state assembly district, state senate district, and united hospital fund neighborhood code. Users can search for an individual school by name using the search box or can select the filter icon on the top left to identify all of the schools that meet a specific criterion.
Note: In order to protect student privacy and adhere to the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act, data that would show fewer than 10 homeless students has been redacted. Schools appear on the map but are labeled as having “Less Than 10” homeless students and percentages are redacted.
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