2016 On the Map: Atlas of Student Homelessness in New York City

2016 On the Map: Atlas of Student Homelessness in New York City

Approximately 127,000 students — one in eight — attending New York City public schools in 2014-15 had been homeless at some point during the previous five years, an analysis from the Institute for Children, Poverty & Homelessness finds. According to 2016 On the Map: Atlas of Student Homelessness in New York City, 82,463 New York City public school students were homeless in 2014-15, up from 67,215 in 2010-11, while more than two-thirds had been homeless during a previous school year. Latino and African-American students, who represented 66 percent of the city’s public school students in 2014-15, accounted for 52 percent and 34 percent of the homeless student population. The study also found that homeless children had significantly higher rates of absenteeism and mid-year transfers than children from stable housing situations, with the highest rates among elementary school students living in shelters. The negative effects of homelessness also were found to be long-lasting, with low-income students who had been homeless prior to the 2014-15 school year more likely not to be performing at grade-level and/or to be held back than peers who had never experienced homelessness.