Think Progress: The Homeless Crisis in New York City’s Schools
The share of homeless students in New York City schools has risen significantly.
“Dunn is not alone in dealing with high rates of homelessness in the classroom. More than 100,000 New York City students are homeless this academic year, according to an analysis by the Institute for Children, Poverty & Homelessness (ICPH). That’s an increase of 22 percent over the year before — a jump that is ‘unprecedented,’ Jennifer Erb-Downward, principal policy analyst at ICPH, told ThinkProgress. The figure is more than all students of every financial background enrolled in public schools in Boston and Seattle — combined.”
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.
Struggles with homelessness and poverty are not new to East New York. It is the largest feeder of families into New York City's shelter system and one of the first neighborhoods designated for affordable housing redevelopment. This new community profile examines the impact this redevelopment may have on the neighborhood's poorest residents. Will it prevent more families from becoming homeless or are these "affordable units" out of reach for the families who need them most?
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