There are some pretty sobering statistics having to do with the percentage of public school students in New York City who are homeless. In the 2016-2017 school year, it was found that 10% of students throughout New York City were homeless. This means that 1 in 10 students are homeless.
One in ten students amounts to about 111,500 students. Out of these 111,500 students, 104,000 attended district public schools while the rest attended charter schools. Within the entire state of New York, the number of homeless students numbered at 148,000, which shows that a majority of homeless students go to school in New York City. Statewide, 5% of students, or 1 in 5 students, are homeless.
There is a rising homelessness problem in New York. Housing is very expensive and sparse, and it is difficult for many people to make a living. Ever since 2010, the homeless student population has been rising. In the 2015-2016 school year, it reached 100,000. Now, it is even more than that. The current number of homeless students is the most ever recorded by New York State.
Not every homeless student lives in a shelter. Students are considered to be homeless if they live in cars or hotels or live with friends and family. This affects their school life because many times kids have to keep changing schools as their living circumstances change. Sometimes, children are placed in living arrangements where they have long commutes to school and are more likely to be late.
The Institute for Children, Poverty and Homelessness released a report this summer stating that homeless children passed English tests at half the rate of kids who lived in permanent homes. Homeless students who were learning English took a longer time learning the language than those with homes. Students are more likely to exhibit chronic absenteeism and lower grades when they are homeless. Unfortunately, these tendencies stick with some students for years after being being placed in permanent residences.