Current Opportunities!

Community School Director Guide for 
Supporting Students in Temporary Housing 
    We have updated our guides for the 2018-2019 school year  aimed        to our Community School Directors with tips and best practices to        navigate support for the STH population.

    Check out the new guide here

The Floating Hospital - Healthcare for Your

Families in Temporary Housing

Refer your families in temporary housing TODAY, starting with this referral form!

The Floating Hospital, a charity hospital exclusively serving homeless families for the past 150 years, now accepts referrals directly from community schools. Their treatment and door-to-door transportation apply to families in temporary housing for FREE, including if they are:

  • Documented and Undocumented families

  • Insured and Uninsured families

  • Families with or without primary doctor

So please refer your families today - before Flu Season - to ensure your students receive another crucial resource that supports their education and attendance.

To help coordinate referrals, email Genaro Rivera at

The Program

Our program consists of four key elements of support for our STH population:

Innovative Data Support

New Visions student sorters and attendance heat maps now include STH information to help you target resources for your students. Your weekly attendance meeting is another great way to stay up to date on your school's data.
Refer to this how-to guide containing information on where to find your school’s STH data. 

Success Mentoring

Success Mentoring is an evidence-based program that provides individual support to students. NYC students with histories of chronic absenteeism gained nearly two additional weeks of school (9 days) with a Success Mentor.
Any caring adult can be a Success Mentor, including social work students recruited through local University partnerships.  Refer to our Success Mentor Guide for supporting STH. For more information, visit our Success Mentoring page.

Targeted Resources & Partnerships

The Office of Community Schools works with numerous city agencies and private partners to bring specialized supports to Community Schools.

Capacity Building

Community Schools holds many conferences, trainings,  and events throughout the year to share ideas, resources, and best practices. For more  information on our next event, please refer to the latest newsletter.

Connecting with Shelters

Each borough has a DOE STH Liaison from the Office of Safety and Youth Development (OSYD) who provide further assistance to connect you to borough wide resources and to understand the rights of the STH population. Full list of your STH Liaisons are found here.

Transportation Resources

Under the McKinney-Vento Act, students living in temporary housing have rights to various transportation services. Below are the NYC Office of Pupil Transportation (OPT) resources on how to best utilize these services.

Emergency Eviction Prevention and Food Resources

Homebase provides support to families who are at risk of homelessness, to prevent temporary housing situations. Eligibility of Homebase services include those who:

  • Are at imminent risk of entering the New York City shelter system
  • Are low-income
  • Want to remain stably housed in your community

Find a full list of Homebase locations here and map of Homebase providers here. You can also look for the  symbol on the map below.

You can also find emergency food sources across NYC that are in relative proximity to your school in hopes to provide our families greater access to nutrition outside of the school - search for the   symbol on the map below.


The Context
Roughly 8% of New York City school students live in temporary housing, and face unique challenges in overcoming barriers to attending school regularly. The Office of Community Schools works with over 19,000 students in temporary housing (STH) throughout 244 schools.


Community Schools




STH (15.8% of students)


STH in 22 pilot schools

Students in Temporary Housing (STH): Definitions

STH students include those living in non-permanent housing situations, such as:

  • Homeless shelters

  • Domestic violence shelters

  • ‘Doubled up’ living with another family

Recent Press Articles

NY Times: New policy at DHS PATH center, now that has made it easier for students to remain in school during their intake. All family members only need to be present for the first appointment, and children do not need to be present for all of the follow up meetings. More information about the change in this here.
Politico: City convenes principals to discuss plight of record number of homeless students. "The Department of Education last week held its first-ever meeting of principals who oversee schools with high homeless populations, part of an ongoing effort to provide support services for a record number of school children in temporary housing. Top education officials, including deputy chancellor Elizabeth Rose, community schools director Chris Caruso and Office of Safety and Youth Development CEO Lois Herrera met with 50 principals and social workers from 33 schools that educate large numbers of homeless students."
"One in 10: That’s how many New York City students experienced homelessness in the past school year, according to statistics released Monday on a burgeoning student population that often experiences devastating academic performance."

NY Times: 10% of New York City Students were Homeless Last Year, read the NY Times article on new state data from the 2016-2017 school year.

Research and Public Policy
Institute on Children, Poverty and Homelessness (ICPH) has created “The Atlas on Student Homelessness in New York City”. It is a valuable resource for understanding breakdown on student homelessness in school districts across the city. Use the interactive web atlas here.

Not Reaching the Door: Homeless Students Face Many Hurdles on the Way to School New York City’s Independent Budget Office report, with findings that over 82,000 + students who are homeless city wide, and its implications for students who are in temporary housing. You can read more information about this change in the NY Times article.

Training Materials

To learn more about strategies to support students in temporary housing, please review our Supporting Students In Temporary Housing Webinar.

STH Slide Deck

For more information on our Students in Temporary Housing Program, please refer to our STH slide deck.

Fundraising Opportunity
through DonorsChoose

ALL Community Schools are invited to participate in ‘Donor’s choose’. This is a site where you can register your ‘wish list’ of wanted items, then donors can give these items directly to your school.

Please note: while DonorsChoose indicates that teachers can sign up, anyone in your school - Community School Director, DOE, or CBO staff - can sign up!

Please visit their website to set up your page now! You can also read information in how you qualify and helpful tips in setting up your page.