The Institute for Children, Poverty & Homelessness has discovered that an astounding 1 in 8 children attending public school in New York City has experienced homelessness in some form in the past five years. This and other alarming data regarding instability for children in New York City, has been made available to the public in the ICPH’s recently released report, which was created with the goal of providing data so that lawmakers can take positive steps towards alleviating the issue.
The ICPH was created in 1990 with the primary goal of researching the scope of family hopelessness, in order for their up-to-date quantifiable data will be utilized by policymakers to address and better serve vulnerable youth and their families.
The 2016 On The Map: Atlas of Student Homelessness in New York City report drives home that student homelessness is a multi-dimensional issue that affects the city as a whole, and demands a multi-sector response. Housing instability not only disrupts child development, school performance and lower graduation rates but alienates youth from receiving access to support,opportunities and a voice in contributing to their community.
The report helpfully profiles each of the City’s 32 geographic school districts and its two citywide special districts. Student homelessness was particularly high in certain areas of the Bronx, such as Highbridge and Fordham. For New York City to address family homelessness would require coordination between schools, social service agencies and other partners. The report is particularly important now, as criticism on the current administration’s efforts to combat homelessness has heightened, despite increased spending on homeless services.
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