The affordable housing crisis forces more people into homelessness in New York City, and new data shows that the number of students in NYC experiencing homelessness during the 2017-2018 school year reached 114,659, a record high for the city. One out of 10 kids in school is homeless.
The number of school-age children who are homeless has increased sharply the last eight years. As politicians debate about what to do, the number has ballooned to 114,659 as of last spring, almost doubling in the last 8 years.
New York City has one of the highest populations of homeless students of any big city in America. About 5 percent of students in Chicago’s public schools were homeless last year, and just above 3 percent of Los Angeles’ students were homeless two years ago.