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Report: NYC student homelessness continues to rise

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Friday, November 10, 2023   

A new report found a little more than 119,000 New York City students are homeless.

The group Advocates for Children of New York said 61% were "temporarily sharing" housing due to the loss of their own residence. Another 34% have spent time living in city shelters. It is not a new problem. The report showed it is the eighth consecutive year student homelessness has risen.

Jennifer Pringle, project director at Advocates for Children of New York, describes how it affects their education.

"Those students in shelter face significant barriers to their education," Pringle explained. "For example, 72% of kids in shelter were chronically absent, which is almost twice the rate of permanently housed students. They also transferred schools at four times the rate of their permanently housed peers."

To tackle the problem, the city hired community coordinators to help students and families living in temporary housing. But funding for these positions will run out at year's end. Should the funding be continued, Pringle pointed out more community coordinators are needed, since the original funding was allocated before the pandemic, and the number of homeless students has only grown.

Though it has been a long-term problem, Pringle noted it was intensified by the pandemic. The Children's Defense Fund found during the first year of the pandemic, schools could not identify which students were unhoused. Pringle described other effects COVID had on student homelessness.

"Certainly since the pandemic, there's been a rise in evictions," Pringle emphasized. "We had an eviction moratorium during the pandemic, and since that was lifted, there has been a rise in evictions that I'm sure is contributing to this."

Since the pandemic ended, eviction filings across New York City rose from around 33,000 in 2020 to almost 180,000 this year.


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