By Gregg McQueen
One of every four.
According to The Institute for Children, Poverty, and Homelessness (ICPH), one of every four students in Council District 15 has experienced homelessness in the past five years. The district has the second highest number of homeless students of any Council district in the city, ICPH said.
Now, Councilmember Ritchie Torres is renewing his call for the city to do more to help students experiencing homelessness.
Homelessness in the Bronx can be as high as 40 percent in a particular school, noted Torres.
“Imagine being a teacher in a chronically under-resourced school, educating a classroom where 40 percent of your students are homeless,” he said.
There are currently more than 114,000 homeless students in public and charter schools, according to a report released in October by Advocates for Children.
The graduation rate for homeless students is 57 percent, compared to 76 percent of overall students.