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  • Influx of asylum seekers pushes NYC’s homeless student population to record high

    Nov 1, 2023

    A clothing drive at VOICE Charter School in Long Island City in 2022. The school now serves nearly 270 homeless students, part of a citywide increase in students in temporary housing last school year.
    Michael Elsen-Rooney / Chalkbeat

    Chalkbeat NY | The number of homeless students attending New York City schools reached a record high last year after thousands of asylum-seeking families entered the city’s shelter system, a new analysis shows.

    Roughly 1 in 9 students were living in shelters, “doubled up” with relatives or friends, or otherwise without permanent housing at some point in the school year, according to state data compiled by Advocates for Children, a group that supports the city’s most vulnerable students.

    The city’s population of homeless students was astronomical even before the recent influx, with the number of kids lacking permanent housing exceeding 100,000 for each of the past eight years – a stark indication of the city’s ongoing housing crisis.

    But the sudden arrival of thousands of families fleeing dire conditions in Latin America and other parts of the world pushed the figure to nearly 120,000 last school year — a 14% increase over the previous school year. It’s an all-time high, even as the city’s overall student enrollment has plummeted, according to Advocates for Children, which has been crunching this number annually for more than a decade. Read article