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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

11.08.2021 | NY Daily News | “With the right support, schools can transform the lives of students who are homeless,” said Advocates for Children Executive Director Kim Sweet. “The next administration should bring together city agencies and charge them with ensuring every student who is homeless gets the support needed to succeed in school.” Read article

11.08.2021 | NY1 | “There’s still alarmingly, shockingly high, over 100,000 students identified as homeless for the sixth year in a row," said Jennifer Pringle, director of the Learners in Temporary Housing project at Advocates for Children, which compiled the data. "And while there is a decline as compared to last year, at this point, it’s really unclear how real that decline is." 

Of those children, about 28,000 spent time living in city homeless shelters, according to the data released by the organization Advocates for Children. Another 65,000 were “doubled-up," or sharing someone else’s housing after losing their own permanent residence. 

“These are oftentimes very overcrowded, substandard living situations... not optimal places for learning,” Pringle said. That can mean a student has no private or quiet place study, or no access to the internet. Read article

11.08.2021 | Bronx News 12 | “Youths who don't get their high school diplomas are four-and-a-half times more likely to experience homelessness, so if we really want to break the cycle of homelessness, education absolutely needs to be a part of that conversation,” says Jennifer Pringle, the project director of Advocates for Children. 

For the sixth consecutive year, the Advocates for Children of New York say over 100,000 students in New York City public and charter schools identified as homeless during the 2020-21 school year. 

The organization also says around 65,000 students stay with friends or family in overcrowded housing while another 28,000 live in shelters. Watch video

11.08.2021 | Fox 5 New York | More than 100,000 New York City schoolchildren were homeless at some point during the 2020-2021 school year, a 42% increase since 2010, according to a report released Monday by the group Advocates for Children of New York. 

"These numbers are really troubling, really alarming," AFC's Jennifer Pringle said. "Roughly 28,000 were living in shelters, 65,000 were in temporary doubled-up or shared housing situations and approximately 3,860 students were living in cars, parks, abandoned buildings, and other substandard housing situations." Watch video

11.08.2021 | amNY | “No child should be homeless, but while Mayor-elect Adams’ administration makes plans to tackle New York City’s housing and homelessness crisis, they must meet the immediate, daily educational needs of students who are homeless,” said Kim Sweet, Executive Director of Advocates for Children. 

AFC’s number represents a slight drop from the reported number of students who experienced homelessness during the 2019-20 school year by 9% but that decrease could also be the result of fewer children enrolling in the public school system. Since the pandemic started, New York City public schools have lost over 50,000 students, DOE data shows.  Read article

11.08.2021 | CBS 2 New York |  A new report finds for the sixth year in a row more than 100,000 students in New York City’s public schools experienced homelessness. 

Now, a coalition of advocacy organizations are calling on Mayor-elect Eric Adams to take more aggressive steps to address the problem, CBS2’s Aundrea Cline-Thomas reported Monday. 

“Educational supports for students need to be overhauled,” said Jennifer Pringle, project director for Advocates for Children. Watch video

11.08.2021 | Inside City Hall | Mayor Bill de Blasio joins political anchor Errol Louis for his weekly "Mondays with the Mayor" interview. Among the topics they discussed: The possibility New York City public schools will need to expand COVID-19 vaccine availability where there is big demand; Data showing, despite a decline, more than 101,000 New York City students were homeless at some point during the last school year. Watch video

11.09.2021 | NBC New York | Advocates for Children and a coalition of other social service groups are calling on Mayor-elect Eric Adams to address the problem of student homelessness through measures such as hiring shelter-based staff members to help families navigate the city's complicated education bureaucracy. 

“No child should be homeless, but while Mayor-elect Adams’ administration makes plans to tackle New York City’s housing and homelessness crisis, they must meet the immediate, daily educational needs of students who are homeless,” Advocates for Children executive director Kim Sweet said. Watch video