While the current COVID-19 outbreak is impacting the lives of every New Yorker, homeless New Yorkers are particularly vulnerable. In the 2018-2019 school year, 114,085 students in New York City district and charter schools – 85% of whom are Black or Hispanic - experienced homelessness. That’s enough children to fill the Barclays Center six times over.
Student homelessness, defined as children living in shelters, temporary housing, or “doubling up” in the homes of others, acutely impacts every aspect of a child’s life, including their identity as a student. With the City’s 1,800 schools shuttered to slow the spread of coronavirus, NYC’s Department of Education has attempted to transition more than 1.1 million students to a distance learning curriculum. Yet, thousands of students living in shelters and unstable housing lacked devices and/or internet access their lessons on the first day of remote learning. In addition to the technology gap, many homeless students live in overcrowded environments that aren’t conducive to learning and increase their risk of contracting the virus.
We invite you to join funders, service providers, city officials and advocates to discuss the critical needs of homeless students during this pandemic, examine current policies and approaches and opportunities to better serve them and their families during this public health crisis.
Biggest challenges facing homeless youth & families during the COVID-19 outbreak and how those challenges are being met or not
Most needed short-, medium-, and long-term service solutions
Opportunities for funders to engage in this work
- Elizabeth Garcia, Division Director, Youth Homelessness, Supportive Housing, Cure Violence and Employment Initiatives, Good Shepheard Services
- Michael Hickey, Executive Director, Students in Temporary Housing, NYC Department of Education
- Jennifer Pringle, Project Director, NYS-TEACH, Advocates for Children
- Raysa S. Rodriguez, Associate Exectuive Director for Policy and Advocacy, Citizens' Commitee for Children
- Carolyn O'Brien (Moderator), Vice President and Program Officer, J.P. Morgan Chase
All interested funders.
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