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

October 4, 2016

Children need stability to thrive. But across the United States, more and more children are facing the most extreme form of instability and poverty—homelessness. In no place is this more evident than in New York City, where one out of every eight children attending public school in SY 2014–15 had experienced homelessness within the past five school years.Together, these over 127,000 children would form a school district larger than that of Boston and Seattle combined, and comparable in size to the Unified District of San Diego, CA, the 20th largest school district in the country.1 Given the scope and direction of homelessness among school-age students, it is imperative for policymakers and educators to know more about homeless students' experiences in school.

Bridging the Graduation Gap: Stability Is Key for Homeless High School Students

October 1, 2016

High school graduation is a key marker of educational achievement. Adults with a high school diploma are more likely to be employed and earn higher incomes; have better health; stay out of prison; avoid becoming parents as teenagers; and ultimately have greater life satisfaction than those who drop out or get their high school equivalency.1. In New York City schools, there has been a tremendous increase in the four-year graduation rate, from less than half of students graduating in 2005 to almost three-quarters in 2015.2. Yet not all students are represented in this positive trend; most notably, many homeless students are left behind. However, newly analyzed data from New York City Department of Education show that when homeless students maintain stability in school, they graduate at similar rates to their housed classmates.3. This snapshot presents data on housing transitions, school transfers, chronic absenteeism, and the relation of these stability factors to high school graduation.

Boomerang Homeless Families: Aggressive Rehousing Policies in New York City

June 24, 2010

The opinion brief suggests that the aggressive rehousing policies for New York City's homeless families during the Bloomberg Administration do not work for all homeless families and therefore have destabilized the shelter system by pushing an increasing percentage of families through a revolving door and back into shelter -- at great cost to the City.

Stemming the Tide: New Yorkers Expect Government Solutions for Rising Homelessness

May 18, 2010

The public opinion poll reveals that homelessness figures prominently in the minds of New Yorkers, with many short on money or feeling at risk. New Yorkers express concern that the City is not doing enough to address rising homelessness. They strongly support shelter and housing subsidies and are even willing to pay more taxes for effective governmental interventions.

Exposure to Intimate Partner Violence among Poor Children Experiencing Homelessness or Residential Instability

February 25, 2010

Analysis of a national study reveals that five-year-old poor children experiencing homelessness or residential instability are exposed to a physical fight between their parents at higher rates than residentially stable poor children.

Unemployment and Family Homelessness The Nation's Crisis, New York City's Experience

February 25, 2010

The recession has caused rising unemployment, public assistance caseloads, and numbers of homeless families seeking shelter. In New York City, already about 10,200 families and almost 16,000 children reside in shelter. If the city does not rise to the challenge, homeless children will become the newest and most vulnerable victims of the recession.

Jobless, Homeless, and Ignored: A Perspective on Family Homelessness in New York City

December 17, 2009

This opinion brief explores unemployment and low educational attainment among New York City's homeless families, suggesting a new approach to addressing their challenges.

Spotlight on the 2009 Mayors' Report on Homelessness

December 17, 2009

The recently released U.S. Conference of Mayors' Hunger and Homelessness Survey is an important starting point for formulating strategies to help homeless families. ICP's National Survey of Programs and Services for Homeless Families serves as a complementary resource for planning at the local, county, and state levels, comprehensively reviewing and categorizing state and local action plans to end homelessness.

Examination of Residential Instability and Homelessness among Young Children

November 2, 2009

Examination of Residential Instability and Homelessness among Young ChildrenAnalysis of a national study suggests that low-income children are at an increased risk of homelessness and housing instability. Over half of the children who experienced homelessness by age five moved more than three times during that period. Homelessness, coupled with frequent moves, puts children at risk for negative developmental outcomes.

Falling Through the Cracks

October 26, 2009

Almost one-third of families who reside in the New York City shelter system have children with current or past Administration for Children's Services' involvement. This report offers a snapshot of these families and highlights key areas for future study to help guide practice and funding priorities to better serve them.

To Whose Advantage is Work Advantage?

October 19, 2009

Work Advantage, New York City's rental subsidy program for homeless families, requires parents to work and save in order to receive assistance. The program is designed to encourage economic self-sufficiency and good financial habits; however, it likely will not help most homeless families, who lack both the education and experience to maintain gainful employment.

PUSHED OUT - The Hidden Costs of Gentrification: Displacement and Homelessness

April 30, 2009

This report is an analytical survey of the indicators and potential effects of gentrification in 3 New York neighborhoods, East New York, Canarsie, and Far Rockaway, as they relate to homelessness. The report attempts to answer the following questions:How does gentrification re-make the social landscape? Does gentrification force low-income residents from their homes and communities? Ultimately, is gentrification merely a code word for the displacement of poverty?