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More than 100,000 city public school students were homeless last school year, report finds

11.01.2023 | Politico (Pro) | For the eighth year in a row, more than 100,000 New York City public school students were homeless, a new report found. 

A total 119,320 students — roughly one in nine children enrolled in schools — were homeless last school year, according to an analysis of state Education Department data by the nonprofit Advocates for Children of New York.

The city has surpassed 100,000 homeless pupils annually since the 2015-16 school year.

The latest figures represent a 14 percent increase from the previous school year, which saw more than 104,000 children without permanent housing despite a decline in public school enrollment. It’s also 4 percent higher than the previous peak: nearly 115,000 students in temporary housing during the 2017-18 school year.

The Department of Education hired 100 shelter-based community coordinators last year to help kids and families in shelter navigate the school system. But the education department is using $9 million in federal stimulus money for 75 of the coordinators (the other 25 are covered by city funding that expires in June). Read article