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City Hall must do more to curb homeless students

11.01.2019 | Bronx Times | More than 114,000 youngsters were identified as homeless during the 2018-19 school year, according to state Education Department statistics studied by Advocates for Children in New York City.

To show that there has been no concerted effort to address the issue there is this shocking statistic.The data shows that the number of students identified as homeless has topped 100,000 for the fourth consecutive years.

This includes public and charter school students and the report further shows that the number has steadily increased by more than 70 percent over the last decade.

“This problem is immense. The number of New York City students who experienced homelessness last year — 85 percent of whom are black or Hispanic — could fill the Barclays Center six times,” Advocate for Children Executive Director Kim Sweet said. “The city won’t be able to break the cycle of homelessness until we address the dismal educational outcomes for students who are homeless.” Read the article