Who. What. Why.: Crisis Hidden in Plain Sight: Homelessness and Housing Affordability
“The crunch between income and the cost of shelter is one of the prime drivers behind New York City’s homeless crisis where close to 65,000 people are homeless and more than 24,000 of those are children. According to the Institute for Children Poverty and Homelessness, over 116,000 students statewide are homeless.”
This snapshot is part of a series analyzing student homelessness in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. It analyzes how many homeless students are enrolled in public schools in New York, where in the state they reside, and how they perform in school compared to their peers.
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.
This guest policy commentary by Barbara Duffield, director of policy and programs for the National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth (NAEHCY), reexamines the assumptions of current federal homelessness policy, its emphasis on chronically homeless individuals, and its impact on homeless families.