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11.11.2021 | PIX 11 | More than 100,000 New York City schoolchildren were homeless at some point during the 2020-2021 school year and advocates are calling on Mayor-elect Eric Adams to overhaul the education support system in shelters. 

The situation needs to be improved to stop the cycle of homelessness, advocates said. As kids are left behind and fail to graduate, it perpetuates the cycle of living in shelters. Watch video

11.10.2021 | BronxNet TV | OPEN Host Daren Jaime sits with the Bilingual Case Advocate of the Learners In Temporary Housing Project at Advocates for Children of New York, Anasofia Trelles, to discuss the pandemic's toll on attendance for students living in homeless shelters. Watch video


11.10.2021 | BronxNet TV | Edición Especial de Diálogo Abierto: Una conversación a fondo sobre algunos temas de actualidad en las escuelas y el sistema educativo de Nueva York. Anasofia Trelles, trabajadora de casos bilingüe en la organización Advocacy for Children, habla de un estudio acerca de los retos que enfrentan los estudiantes en los albergues de la ciudad en comparación con los estudiantes que tienen hogar. También repasa los pasos a seguir para mejorar los servicios y condiciones en los albergues de Nueva York. Watch video

11.09.2021 | NY1: Inside City Hall | Earlier this week, Advocates for Children released a report showing more than 100,000 students currently live in unstable housing across the state. Data show nearly 1 in 10 city public school students were homeless last year. 

Jennifer Pringle, from Advocates for Children of New York, joined Errol Louis on “Inside City Hall” on Tuesday evening to talk about this crisis. She is the director of Project Lit, which stands for Learning In Temporary Housing, a program that provides assistance, education, and advocacy for students experiencing homelessness. Watch video

11.09.2021 | The CITY | The non-profit organization Advocates for Children filed a lawsuit against the city last fall seeking to force the education department to create a more streamlined process without requiring parents to file complaints that often take many months to resolve. 

So far, the case is still winding its way through the courts and has not resulted in a new process for requesting those services. 

“These are students who did not receive an appropriate education from March 2020 through at least the end of the 2021 school year and possibly continuing now,” said Rebecca Shore, the litigation director at Advocates for Children. “The longer they have to wait to get those compensatory services they need, the greater the harm will be to the students.” Read article

11.09.2021 | The Imprint | “It’s an alarming number, it really is a crisis with families, there are so many children and youth who don’t have a permanent home,” said Jennifer Pringle, who directs the Learners in Temporary Housing Project for Advocates for Children of New York. “If we want to break the cycle of homelessness we have to make sure that children and youth experiencing homelessness get the support that they need.” Read article

11.09.2021 | SI Live | Like past years, AFC said students who were homeless last school year were concentrated in the Bronx, upper Manhattan and central Brooklyn. In the Bronx, about one in seven Bronx students was homeless in the 2020-2021 school year. 

AFC compared that to roughly one in 30 students attending school on Staten Island. Read article

11.09.2021 | Chalkbeat NY | “These are students who did not receive an appropriate education from March 2020 through at least the end of the 2021 school year and possibly continuing now,” said Rebecca Shore, the litigation director at Advocates for Children. “The longer they have to wait to get those compensatory services they need, the greater the harm will be to the students.” Read article

11.08.2021 | Chalkbeat NY | Nearly 1 in 10 New York City public school students were homeless last school year, a staggering rate that has barely budged for several years. 

About 101,000 students lived in unstable, or temporary, housing in the 2020-2021 school year, according to an analysis of state data released Monday by Advocates for Children. 

“We are hopeful that given the incredibly poor outcomes we’re seeing, particularly for students in shelter, that Mayor-elect Adams’ administration will recognize the crisis for what it is,” said Jennifer Pringle, director of Project Learning In Temporary Housing at Advocates for Children. Read article

11.08.2021 | The New York Times | Advocates for Children, an organization that collects data on homeless children annually, said the true number of homeless students in the school system may well be higher, but it was difficult for schools to track students’ housing status during the pandemic. The vast majority of public school students chose to learn remotely last year, even though schools were open for at least a few days a week.

Advocates for Children and a coalition of other advocacy organizations are calling on Mr. Adams to hire 150 new shelter employees who can help families navigate the school system and to create an emergency program to bring together city agencies to tackle issues that have prevented homeless students from learning, including chronic absenteeism and transportation problems. Read article