Homelessness is …
A Women’s Issue: A young single mother with two children makes up the typical homeless family.
An Early Childhood Issue: 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.
A Teen Pregnancy Issue: 1 in 10 teen parents with children in the NYC Department of Education daycare program for student parents became homeless after the birth or their first child.
A Domestic Violence Issue: 1 in 4 families with children in a New York City shelter entered because of domestic violence.
A Criminal Justice Issue: 1 in 8 women at the East River Academy on Rikers Island were homeless prior to being incarcerated.
Sources: New York City Department of Homeless Services, unpublished data tabulated by the Institute for Children, Poverty, and Homelessness, FY 2015 and the first half of FY 2016; New York City Department of Education, unpublished data tabulated by the Institute for Children, Poverty, and Homelessness, SY 2010–11 to SY 2014–15.
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.
In Family Poverty and Homelessness in New York City, Nunez and Sribnick explore the world of New York's poor children ...
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.