As Homeless Students Spread Across NYC, Support Is Stretched Thin
WNYC | November 14, 2018
In the 19 years that Mary has lived in Astoria, Queens, she has seen luxury condos replace squat apartments at a steady pace. The gentrification reached her doorstep last summer when she was evicted.
Even more than housing, Mary said she worried about her children losing the stability and community of their schools. Her son has autism, and attended a special-education program that was good for him.
But her concern was not unique: given the changing patterns of homelessness in the city, advocates told WNYC many families felt as though they had to choose between a new school and a long commute. With a record-high 114,659 homeless students in New York City, systems to keep families in their schools and their neighborhoods are stretched thin.