The New Yorker: Is AirBnB Good for the Black Middle Class?
“You wouldn’t expect to find many tourists, or, for that matter, gentrifiers, in a place like Ocean Hill. It is adjacent to Brownsville, which in 2014 was dubbed the city’s murder capital by New York magazine. This August, the Institute for Children, Poverty, and Homelessness determined that ten per cent of students in the Department of Education’s District 23, which includes Ocean Hill, are living in shelters. Still, like much of the surrounding area, the neighborhood is changing.”
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?
This helpful resource examines family homelessness by New York City Community District, analyzing key elements such as shelter entry data and the extent of student homelessness. Each snapshot also details the stability indicators of each community, from the affordability of rental units to unemployment rates.