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Students in Temporary Housing


The Context



227

Community Schools

117,000

Students

17,000

STH (14.5% of students)

2,600

STH- in 22 pilot schools

(30% of students)

 

Students in Temporary Housing (STH): Definitions


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

  • Homeless shelters

  • Domestic violence shelters

  • Awaiting foster care placement/ group homes

  • ‘Doubled up’ living with another family



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Webinar Series

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

Shelter Contacts

There are DOE Family Assistants who work at every shelter across the city. You can directly contact the Family Assistants that work in shelters where your students reside. The link here has all the shelter contacts:  DOE Family Assistants


In addition, each borough has a Department of Education STH Liaison who can assist further with connecting to borough wide resources as well in the Office of Safety and Youth Development: DOE STH Liaison

 

The Program


In a Community School, the school leadership team and the Community School partner work together with the surrounding community to create a "web of support" for each student in temporary housing.

This web of support includes the following:


  • A highly effective Success Mentoring program comprised of social work students recruited through local University partnerships

  • Using real time data to monitor impact interventions on attendance of STH students during organized weekly meetings

  • Connecting to inter-agency resources such as Single Stop to to support STH families and students to connect with needed resources



Success Mentoring


Students in temporary housing with a Success Mentor gain almost two weeks of school a year, according to a John’s Hopkins University study released by Robert Balfanz.  

Taking Action: Use Data to Identify and Support STH Students


The first step in addressing Chronic Absenteeism is to identify a target list of STH students and coordinate the appropriate interventions for each student.

  • Download the presentation slides for additional help in assigning tiered supports to address chronic absenteeism

  • Use the Community School Tiered Attendance Intervention Plan to ensure your school is targeting attendance interventions to the right students.

  • The Attendance Inquiry Protocol can help guide you in consistent attendance planning procedures.

  • New Visions student sorters and attendance heat maps now include STH information that can help you target resources for your students. Refer to this one-page how-to guide containing information on where to find your school’s STH data.


Weekly Student Success Team Meetings


A targeted strategy for attendance improvement is holding weekly student success team meetings that include participation by the Principal, the CSD, the Success Mentor, other administrative staff, a guidance counselor, and a social worker.

Access the resources below to support your school in implementing this strategy.



Transportation Resources


All students in grades K-6 living in a shelter are entitled to busing from the Office of Pupil Transportation. This one-pager provides additional information as well as the OPT number to call to check the route and make sure it is set up : 718-392-8855 . If you are connected with your DOE shelter assistants, they can assist in this process of getting busing set up in a timely manner for students.


Research and Public Policy

Institute on Children, Poverty and Homelessness (ICPH) has created “The Atlas on Student Homelessness in New York City”. Valuable resource for understanding breakdown on student homelessness in school districts across the city.

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.


















Recent Press Articles:


PATH policy: 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 NY Times article.

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."


Linking to Community Resources


SingleStop - Many CBOs work closely with local nonprofits and city agencies to connect families to important resources. Centrally, we’re building a bigger, stronger relationship to Single Stop, a network of nonprofits who specialize in conducting coordinated assessments and intakes with families to make sure they are connected to as many services as appropriate from the start (including Food Stamps, health care, housing supports, free legal services, and free tax preparation).


Homebase - Homebase is a network of Department of Homeless Services contractors that provides assistance for homelessness and eviction prevention. The map below shows how to find a Homebase provider close to your school district.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B9eee0KKU2GYOEhCWVBWSXAySFE/view