The 74: After Three Years Living in a Shelter, Darius and His Mom Get Apartment of Their Own
“Simply experiencing homelessness has profoundly negative effects on student academic performance, often creating significant barriers to graduation. But gaining a new home doesn’t necessarily eliminate the roadblocks that can prevent students from performing well in school. In fact, formerly homeless students struggle academically at rates similar to their classmates who are still displaced, according to a recent report from the Institute for Children, Poverty and Homelessness.”
Educators have long known the negative effect that housing instability can have on a child's education, but this policy brief suggests that these effects do not end when a student is stably housed. This brief looks at the educational outcomes of homeless and formerly homeless students during the 2013–14 school year and the implications these outcomes have for education policy in New York City.
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.
Jennifer Erb-Downward, a principal policy analyst at the Institute for Children, Poverty and Homelessness, said the city’s single-year growth is 'unprecedented.'