Student homelessness on the rise as enrollment declines
Housing advocates, students, and parents gathered to call on lawmakers to address the rising student homelessness problem in New York City.
This comes on the heels of new data from the city’s Department of Education that shows that over 104,000 public school students are homeless, and increased by 3.3% from last year to this year, despite enrollment falling by 3.2% in that same time frame.
In the study, the DOE notes that the number of homeless students has likely risen since the data was taken, due to the number of migrant families seeking asylum that have arrived to our city in the last few months.
The greatest rate of homelessness among students is in District 9 in the southwest Bronx, where almost 20% of public school students experienced homelessness in the 2021-2022 school year.