Greater than 100,000 New York Metropolis schoolchildren had been homeless sooner or later throughout the 2020-2021 college yr, a 42% enhance since 2010, in keeping with a report launched Monday by the group Advocates for Youngsters.
During a college yr when a lot of the metropolis’s public college college students had been studying remotely due to the coronavirus pandemic, practically 28,000 of them had been residing in homeless shelters and about 65,000 lived “doubled-up” with buddies or household, state knowledge analyzed by the group confirmed.
A further 3,860 college students had been residing in vehicles, parks or deserted buildings, Advocates for Youngsters mentioned.
The entire variety of college students who had been homeless sooner or later throughout the college yr represents practically one-tenth of the town’s public college system.
Advocates for Youngsters and a coalition of different social service teams are calling on Mayor-elect Eric Adams to deal with the issue of pupil homelessness by way of measures resembling hiring shelter-based employees members to assist households navigate the town’s difficult schooling forms.
“No child should be homeless, but while Mayor-elect Adams’ administration makes plans to tackle New York City’s housing and homelessness crisis, they must meet the immediate, daily educational needs of students who are homeless,” Advocates for Youngsters govt director Kim Candy mentioned.
Adams, a Democrat who will take over as mayor on Jan. 1 after profitable the Nov. 2 election, has spoken of bringing garments to highschool in a bag throughout his personal childhood as a result of he feared his household might turn out to be homeless.