Lasting Impact of Homelessness on Student Achievement

Institute for Children, Poverty & Homelessness - Aftershocks: The Lasting Impact of Homelessness on Student Achievement

During the 2013–14 school year, over 117,000 public school students in New York City— 11% of the total student population—were either homeless or had experienced homelessness within the previous three years. Educators have long known the negative effect that housing instability can have on a child’s education, but new evidence suggests that these effects do not end when a student is stably housed. Understanding the extent to which the instability created by homelessness can have a lasting impact on a child’s education is increasingly important for teachers, parents, and policymakers alike. This brief looks at the educational outcomes of homeless and formerly homeless students during the 2013–14 school year and the implications these outcomes have for education policy in New York City.