Students in Temporary Housing

Did you know that 1 in 10 New York City students experienced homelessness in the past year?

Roughly 8% of New York City school students live in temporary housing, and face unique challenges in overcoming barriers to attending school regularly. The Office of Community Schools works with over 19,000 students in temporary housing (STH) throughout 244 schools.

244 Community Schools

120,000 Students

19,000+ STH (16% of students)


Students in Temporary Housing Definitions: STH students include those living in non-permanent housing situations, such as homeless shelters, domestic violence shelters, and ‘doubled up’ living with another family.

Research and Public Policy

Current Opportunities

Community School Director Guide for Supporting Students in Temporary Housing

We have updated our guides for the 2018-2019 school year aimed to our Community School Directors with tips and best practices to navigate support for the STH population. Check out the new guide here.

The Floating Hospital: Healthcare for your Families in Temporary Housing

The Floating Hospital provides medical, dental, and mental health services to all families in temporary housing, even if they are unable to pay or are undocumented. They are also offering healthcare workshops for your students, parents and staff on a variety of different topics.

Refer your families in temporary housing TODAY, starting with this referral form.

See also their 2018 Back to School Guide for more resources and information.

If you have any questions, or if you are interested in learning more, reach out to Genaro Rivera at

Fundraising through Donors Choose

ALL Community Schools are invited to participate in Donors Choose. This is a site where you can register your wish list or desired items for your students, and donors can contribute these items directly to your school.

Please note: while Donors Choose indicates that teachers can sign up, anyone at your school -- Community School Directly, DOE, or CBO staff -- can sign up!

Please visit their website to set up your page! You can also read information on how you qualify, and helpful tips in setting up your page.


Innovative Data Support

New Visions student sorters and attendance heat maps now include STH information to help you target resources for your students. Your weekly attendance meeting is another great way to stay up to date on your school's data.

Refer to this how-to guide containing information on where to find your school’s STH data.

Success Mentoring

Success Mentoring is an evidence-based program that provides individual support to students. NYC students with histories of chronic absenteeism gained nearly two additional weeks of school (9 days) with a Success Mentor.

Any caring adult can be a Success Mentor, including social work students recruited through local University partnerships. Refer to our Success Mentor Guide for supporting STH. For more information, visit our Success Mentoring page.

Targeted Resources and Partnerships

The Office of Community Schools works with numerous city agencies and private partners to bring specialized supports to Community Schools.

Connecting with Shelters

Each borough has a DOE STH Regional Manager from Office of Community Schools who provides further assistance to connect you to borough wide resources and to understand the rights of the STH population. Full list of your STH Regional Managers are found here.

Transportation Resources

Under the McKinney-Vento Act, students living in temporary housing have rights to various transportation services. Below are the NYC Office of Pupil Transportation (OPT) resources on how to best utilize these services.

Emergency Eviction Prevention

Homebase provides support to families who are at risk of homelessness, to prevent temporary housing situations. Eligibility of Homebase services include those who:

  • Are at imminent risk of entering the New York City shelter system
  • Are low-income
  • Want to remain stably housed in your community

Find a full list of Homebase locations here and map of Homebase providers here. You can also look for the orange house symbol on the map to the left.

Food Resources

You can also find emergency food sources across NYC that are in relative proximity to your school in hopes to provide our families greater access to nutrition outside of the school - search for the brown food symbol on the map to the left.

Click on the icon in the top left corner to identify HRA Locations, Single Stop, and other key resources near you!

Training Materials

To learn more about strategies to support students in temporary housing, please review our Supporting Students In Temporary Housing Webinar.

For more information on our Students in Temporary Housing Program, please refer to our STH slide deck.