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12.04.2020 | NY1 | “Before the pandemic, only 29% of students who are homeless were reading on grade level, and outcomes are even worse for students who are in shelter,” said Randi Levine, the policy director of Advocates for Children. "So we’re extremely concerned about the learning loss that is happening now."

Heaven and Jordan have been learning remotely during the coronavirus pandemic. Until this week, they were living in a shelter on Staten Island -- far from their school in the Bronx. With the help of Advocates for Children, they were moved to a different shelter in the Bronx. Watch video

12.04.2020 | The Imprint | “The vast scale of student homelessness in New York City demands urgent attention,” said Kim Sweet, executive director of Advocates for Children, in a news release. “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.” Read article

12.04.2020 | The 74 | Advocates say the real number is probably higher, given how difficult COVID-19 has made it for administrators to assess student housing arrangements. 

The figure is also likely to increase following the expected lifting of a statewide eviction moratorium at the end of this year. That temporary prohibition, along with the one from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, only protects residents from losing their homes if they can prove in court that they’ve been economically harmed by COVID-19. Both safeguards are set to expire in 2021. Read article

12.03.2020 | NY1 | More than 110,000 New York City students are homeless — either living in shelters or in unstable, temporary housing arrangements, a new report from the organization Advocates for Children says. 

It’s the fifth year in a row the number has topped 100,000, and the figure means that one in ten children in city public schools is homeless. Read article

12.03.2020 | NY Daily News | “The vast scale of student homelessness in New York City demands urgent attention,” said Kim Sweet, Executive Director of Advocates for Children, the group that compiled the findings based on data from the state Education Department. 

“If these children comprised their own city, it would be larger than Albany ... The city must act now to put more support in place for students who are homeless,” she added. Read article

12.03.2020 | Queens Daily Eagle | AFC urged the city to establish universal WiFi in homeless shelters, to distribute web-enabled devices like iPads to every student in need and to enable students to run to school buildings — something elementary school kids can do next week. 

“Learning from home is much harder when you don’t have a permanent home,” said Kim Sweet. “The city must ensure that every student who is homeless has the technology and support they need during this period of remote and hybrid learning.”  Read article

12.03.2020 | WCBS 880 | “If students who are homeless in New York City comprised their own school district, it would be one of the 30 largest school districts in the entire nation,” says Randi Levine, the group’s policy director. 

The problem is most prominent in the Bronx, where the group says one in six students are homeless. Advocates for Children says the pandemic shutting down the public school system hits those children especially hard. “It's incredibly challenging,” Levine says. Listen to the full interview

12.03.2020 | Fox 5 New York | AFC poicy director Randi Levine speaks with Fox 5 New York about the more than 111,000 NYC students who experienced homelessness last year. Watch the full interview

12.03.2020 | WNYC | The majority of those students, 73,000, were doubled up with friends or relatives. The rest lived in homeless shelters, according to the non-profit Advocates for Children of New York. Listen to the full interview

12.03.2020 | Inside City Hall | An annual study found that more than 111,000 New York City students are homeless — for the fifth year in a row. The study, which was conducted by Advocates for Children of New York, also shows the highest concentration of homeless students are in parts of the Bronx, upper Manhattan, central Brooklyn, and southeast Queens. AFC says tens of thousands of students were already dealing with the trauma of unstable housing, and the coronavirus pandemic has exacerbated the problem. 

Randi Levine, AFC’s Policy Coordinator and Childhood Education Project Director, joined NY1's Errol Louis on Thursday night to discuss the challenges homeless students face. Watch the full interview