Strengthening educational care and success for students experiencing homelessness

For the many children who experience homelessness, myriad obstacles and chronic stress impede educational engagement, opportunity and attainment.

Housing instability is increasing among families in New York City, and children are the invisible face of this trend. With more and more children and youth living in temporary housing arrangements, it is vitally important to understand the unique challenges they face and to promote the educational interventions that best support them. Family homelessness is more than a housing issue—it often co-exists with financial instability, physical and mental health concerns and other challenges that further undermine children's academic success.

Deutsche Bank’s Strategy STH: Stable, Thriving & Healthy initiative supports a coordinated continuum of resources for students experiencing homelessness to address their educational needs and further their well-being. The initiative provides grants to seven local organizations and establishes an advisory group of industry thought leaders to guide the development of best practices for this network of grantees and partners.

The Institute for Children, Poverty and Homelessness (ICPH) will serve as the research partner for this initiative. A deep body of research produced by ICPH and others informed the development of this grants program.

Understanding the scope of student homelessness in New York City

1 in 13

Roughly 1 of every 13 students in NYC public schools is now homeless

1 in 8

1 of every 8 students in NYC public schools has experienced homelessness within the past five years


40% of homeless elementary students living in shelters transferred schools during the year


Over half of elementary students living in shelters missed 20 or more days of school during the year


Nearly 18% of high school students in the Class of 2015 who were homeless dropped out before graduation

Source: “On the Map: The Atlas of Student Homelessness in New York City,” The Institute for Children, Poverty and Homelessness, August 2016. All data comes from the 2014-15 school year.


8,346 students reached

3,989 in Year 1
(2016-17 school year)

4,357 in Year 2
(2017-18 school year)

In the news

The New York Times,
October 2018

"New York City is arguably the philanthropic center of the world, but the philanthropic arm of the Frankfurt, Germany-based Deutsche Bank is the only organization that has given more than $1 million to specifically support homeless students in recent years." more

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