More Than 110K NYC Students Are Homeless, Study Finds

More Than 110K NYC Students Are Homeless, Study Finds

It’s the fifth straight year the number of students who are homeless topped 100,000, according to the study.

 

 

The number of New York City students who are homeless topped 100,000 for the fifth straight year, according to a new study. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

The number of New York City students who are homeless topped 100,000 for the fifth straight year, according to a new study.
AP Photo/Mark Lennihan

 

 

One of 10 students in New York City’s schools don’t have a place to call home, a new study found.

More than 110,000 public and charter school students were identified as homeless during the last academic year, according to a study released Thursday.

It’s the fifth consecutive year the number of homeless students tallied above 100,000, a release accompanying the study by New York State Technical and Education Assistance Center for Homeless Students stated.

That’s more students than in the entire state of Vermont, the release states. And the long-standing problem could be made worse by the coronavirus pandemic, which has exacerbated housing worries for city dwellers.

“The vast scale of student homelessness in New York City demands urgent attention,” said Kim Sweet, executive director of Advocates for Children, in a statement. “If these children comprised their own city, it would be larger than Albany, and their numbers may skyrocket even further after the state eviction moratorium is lifted, The City must act now to put more support in place for students who are homeless.”

Data shows more than 32,700 students were living in city shelters during the 2019-20 school year. About 73,000 more were “doubled-up” in temporary shared housing arrangements, according to the study.

Nearly 85 percent of those students are Black or Hispanic, the study found.

Out of the five boroughs, the Bronx had the most students counted as homeless — roughly 38,000, or one in six, according to data.

 

The breakdown by borough is:

  • Bronx — 37,897
  • Brooklyn — 30,277
  • Manhattan — 19,639
  • Queens — 21,266
  • Staten Island — 2,493

 

The actual number of students counted as homeless is actually down 2 percent from the previous year, but that number could be undercounted because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Advocates for Children representatives called on the city to step up efforts to give students who are homeless access to technology necessary for remote learning, among other demands.

“More than eight months after school buildings closed, some students living in City shelters are still struggling to get online because their shelter lacks both Wi-Fi and adequate cellular reception to use their DOE iPad, while others have not even received an iPad in the first place,” a release states. “The DOE must expedite iPad delivery, install Wi-Fi in shelters as quickly as possible, and expand tech support for students struggling to use their devices, including by providing on-site support at shelters.”

 

 


 

 

Source: Patch By Matt Troutman

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