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Report: NYC School Attendance Rates Among Students Living In Shelters Much Lower Than Permanently Housed Peers

10.18.2021 | CBS 2 New York | “Their attendance was anywhere between 11 and 14 percentage points lower than their permanently housed peers,” said Jennifer Pringle of the group Advocates for Children of New York. 

Pringle’s nonprofit analyzed Department of Education data. The attendance rate for students in shelters was as low as 74%, compared to their peers, at around 90%. 

“Students who have poor attendance are more likely to drop out of school and not graduate from high school, and students who don’t get a high school diploma are four and a half times more likely to experience homelessness as an adult,” Pringle said. Watch video