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Sources: New York City Department of Homeless Services, unpublished data tabulated by the Institute for Children, Poverty, and Homelessness, FY 2015 and the first half of FY 2016; New York City Department of Education, unpublished data tabulated by the Institute for Children, Poverty, and Homelessness, SY 2010–11 to SY 2014–15.
Right now, a collection of advocates and local government officials across the United States are preparing to spread out in their counties, communities, and neighborhoods to count the number of homeless Americans. At first glance, this seems like a fairly sensible way to go about the messy work of measuring an important social and economic indicator. But, of course, every method has its drawbacks.
While Seattle is known for its tech titans, cycling enthusiasts, and progressive values, it is also home to over 3,600 homeless students. Ninety-seven percent of all public schools in Seattle serve at least one homeless student; 71% serve more than 10. In this publication, ICPH, through a partnership with Seattle Public Schools, illustrates just how pervasive and far-reaching the issue of student homelessness is across the city.
Delve into data about the homeless student population in NYC’s school districts.