The Atlantic: Why Homeless Kids Can’t Get to School

“Roughly 73,523 homeless people—defined as those without a consistent place to sleep who might stay in shelters, transitional housing programs, or safe havens—live in New York City, a 38 percent increase from 2007, according to Shantae Goodloe, a spokesperson for the U.S. department of Housing and Urban Development. Another recent report, by the New York City-based Institute for Children, Poverty & Homelessness (ICPH), found that more than 127,000 New York City public-school students—or one in eight—have been homeless at some point in the last five school years, more than the total population of Boston and Seattle’s school systems combined. On the national level, homelessness remains a problem, although by some measures it’s on the decline. The national rate of homelessness in 2015 fell to 17.7 homeless people per 10,000 people from 18.3 in 2014. About 1.36 million students in the U.S. were homeless in 2014, according to the U.S. Department of Education.”


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