In 2018-2019, 114,085 public school students experienced homelessness in New York City. This number, roughly 10% of the city’s total public school population, has been growing at an alarming rate over the last few years.
According to federal data, this epidemic has reached an all-time high across the country. Homelessness among students in grades K-12, has increased by 70% over the last decade.
Children in temporary housing have worse educational outcomes due to chaotic living environments and high levels of stress, sometimes stemming from traumatic experiences such as domestic violence or sexual abuse.
Additionally, many of these children have to deal with constantly changing living environments and social acclimation at school.
● 1.4m students (ages 6 to 18) experienced homelessness during the 2016-17 school year.
● The number of students who have experienced home instability, K-12 has increased by 70% over the last decade.
● 1 in 4 school districts in the US receives federal grants to help provide services for homeless students amounting to about $50 per student.
● 114,659 students, an all-time high, were identified as homeless in New York in 2017-2018.
● In 2018 is was estimated that there was roughly 1 social worker for every 1600 public school students.
● Students living in shelters have higher absenteeism rates, resulting in below-average proficiencies in reading and math as well as higher rates of suspensions.
In addition to the lack of available affordable housing, in many states, support services for families and children is unavailable or not substantial enough to support the needs of these children.
This short film and awareness campaign is intended to raise funds for local organizations across the country that support students who struggle to learn while homeless.
The Short Film
This story provides a window into the world of 14-year-old Shae, who is preparing for her high school admissions presentation the same night she is evicted from her home.
Where permitted, we will offer this film and our promotional resources to local organizations that would like to hold fundraising screenings for their non-profit organizations. Updates will be shared upon completion of the film.
Writer / Director: Tony Fair
Actor: Bobbi MacKenzie
Production Company: The Astronada
Producers: Matt Pourviseh & Jeff Pinilla
Director of Photography: Justin Simpson
Line Producer: Paul Ashey
Production Assistant: Sarah Morgan Ashey
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