NYC Council pushes for school staff in homeless shelters

NYC Council pushes for school staff in homeless shelters

The New York Metropolis Council is asking on the Division of Training to rent 150 staffers to work in homeless shelters and assist college students residing in them get to high school.

“Whereas the Metropolis should deal with the housing disaster in order that no baby turns into homeless, it additionally has an instantaneous duty to make sure that college students already residing in shelter can get to high school on daily basis and have the assist wanted to succeed and graduate,” Council Member Rita Joseph wrote in a Tuesday letter addressed to Colleges Chancellor David Banks and obtained by The Put up.

Joseph, who heads the Metropolis Council Committee on Training, was amongst greater than 20 council members who signed onto the letter.

The push for DOE staffers in homeless shelters comes after 30 organizations despatched a memo to the Adams administration final week, forward of a deadline to submit plans to the state for $33 million in federal funds earmarked for homeless college students by the top of Might.

Greater than 100,000 public college college students have been homeless final college 12 months — together with a 3rd that lived in New York Metropolis shelters.

Greater than half of scholars residing in shelters miss at the least one out of each 10 college days, in accordance with information cited by Advocates for Youngsters.

Council Member Rita Joseph desires to offer extra assets for homeless college students. Stefan Jeremiah for New York Put up

Council members and advocates stated the requested staffers can work to determine why a baby could also be absent from college, and handle the issue in actual time.

“If the bus isn’t coming, the employees may work with the DOE’s Workplace of Pupil Transportation to resolve the issue,” the advocates wrote within the memo to Metropolis Corridor.

“If the kid doesn’t have clear clothes to put on to high school, the employees may join the household to laundry providers; if the father or mother is unable to get a baby to the bus due to competing job and childcare tasks, the employees may assist determine a plan.”

Training officers reported that the DOE employs 117 shelter-based household assistants, who assist households coming into the shelter system with enrollment, transportation and attendance.

New York Metropolis Colleges Chancellor David Banks speaks at a press convention on March 2, 2022.Stefan Jeremiah

However council members stated shelters “don’t presently have adequate employees centered on schooling,” citing low retention charges amongst staffers who usually are paid $28,000 and don’t work summers.

The DOE dedicated in February to including 50 group coordinators in shelters, however advocates stated they have been nonetheless ready for these job descriptions to be posted.

“We want to see the DOE start hiring immediately,” stated Randi Levine of Advocates for Youngsters.

Division officers didn’t return a request for touch upon the standing of that hiring course of.

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