Children need stability to thrive. But across the United States, more and more children are
facing the most extreme form of instability and poverty—homelessness. In no place is this more
evident than in New York City, where one out of every eight children attending public school in
SY 2014–15 had experienced homelessness within the past five school years. Student homelessness affects the entire city, but the dynamics of homelessness differ locally. Homelessness is experienced one neighborhood, school, or shelter at a time, and each child has a different story. While citywide findings can illuminate the larger context of student homelessness in New York City, they do not provide local texture or opportunity for comparisons between districts and schools. To get closer to the lived experience of homeless schoolage children, the 2016 Atlas of Student Homelessness profiles each of the City’s 32 geographic school districts as well as its two citywide special districts.