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Sources: New York City Department of Homeless Services, unpublished data tabulated by the Institute for Children, Poverty, and Homelessness, FY 2015 and the first half of FY 2016; New York City Department of Education, unpublished data tabulated by the Institute for Children, Poverty, and Homelessness, SY 2010–11 to SY 2014–15.
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 Maryland, where in the state they reside, and how they perform in school compared to their peers.
The Silent Crisis: Student Homelessness on the 30th Anniversary of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act
To mark the 30th anniversary of the McKinney-Vento Act, ICPH released commentary by Barbara Duffield, SchoolHouse Connection, and Liz Cohen, ICPH's Chief of Staff, on the difference this important legislation has made in the lives of homeless children. This commentary acknowledges the progress made while examining the work that still has to be done.