New York Daily News: Homelessness Among NYC Schoolkids Surges As Population Tops 100,000
“But Institute for Children, Poverty, and Homelessness President Ralph Nunez said the dramatic increase in the number of homeless kids is cause for alarm.
‘We’ve never seen anything like it,’ Nunez said. ‘This is a real barometer on the future of homelessness in our city, a number that gives the true breadth and depth of situation.'”
In New York City, more and more children are facing the most extreme form of instability and poverty—homelessness. The new report provides a detailed picture of homelessness within the city's educational system: where homeless students go to school, what kinds of support they may need, what their academic outcomes look like, and what the lasting impacts of homelessness are educationally—even after a student's housing instability has ended.
Homelessness is now so pervasive in New York City that it directly affects roughly one out of every 13 public school children. Over 83,000 students enrolled in city public schools in school year (SY) 2013–14 were identified as homeless. More than half of those 83,000 homeless students are living doubled up in someone else’s apartment due to loss of housing or economic hardship. This brief examines the growth in doubled-up students across the boroughs between SY 2010–11 and SY 2012–13 and the significance it has for city policies.
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