Five Facts NYC Candidates Need To Know about Family Homelessness: May 1, 2021 Edition

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Overview The New York City mayoral election will be a decision on the proper localized response to the continued pandemic, similar in its gravity to the 2001 mayoral election that followed the dual wounds of 9/11 and the related economic downturn. Given the current financial crisis and increased unemployment, many New Yorkers will be approaching…

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From Shelter in Place to the Shelter Door

Ralph da Costa Nunez, Ph.D. On April 6, as the daily tally of new recorded cases of COVID-19—6,353—peaked in New York City, over 11,000 families with over 20,000 children were sheltering in place in the Department of Homeless Services’s family shelter system. The unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic is negatively affecting all New Yorkers, but disproportionately harming…

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COVID-19 and Student Homelessness

While homelessness impacts families in every neighborhood of New York City, some communities have a combination of neighborhood instability factors that make families particularly vulnerable to homelessness. Meanwhile, coronavirus is ravaging these same low-income, predominantly minority neighborhoods. For residents of Central Queens, Eastern Brooklyn, and the South Bronx—which already have a high percentage of families facing housing instability—the daily impact of coronavirus has…

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Over 80% of Students Experiencing Homelessness Are Not Considered Eligible for All Homeless Services

Student homelessness is at an all-time high, with over 1.5 million children nationwide experiencing homelessness over the course of the 2017-18 school year. That is the sobering verdict of a new report released by the National Center on Homeless Education (NCHE). This record-breaking total is an 11% increase over the previous school year and a…

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