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Report: NYC students in homeless shelters have 'alarmingly' low school attendance rate

05.18.2022 | Bronx News 12 | Advocates for Children of New York released the report stating students living in shelters had an overall attendance rate of 78.9% in the fall of 2011. That's almost 11% lower than the attendance rate for permanent housed students. 

The group is now calling on the Department of Education to direct federal COVID-19 relief dollars toward hiring shelter-based staff that can help ensure homeless students get to school every day. The DOE says it is hiring 50 additional community coordinators to help students in temporary housing and meet their needs. Watch video