More than 100,000 New York City Kids are Homeless, While Migrants are Put Up in Swank Hotels
More than 100,000 New York City public school students experienced homelessness during the 2021-2022 school year, reports a local nonprofit group, Advocates for Children of New York (ACNY). “[O]f these 104,000 students, more than 29,000 spent time living in City shelters; 69,000 were ‘doubled up,’ or temporarily sharing the housing of others due to loss of housing or economic hardship; and nearly 5,500 were unsheltered, living in cars, parks, or abandoned buildings,” states the report. Not surprisingly, these conditions lead to “High rates of chronic absenteeism and poor academic outcomes for students who are homeless,” ACNY continues.
City officials responded to this dismal news with the usual blather about how something must be done to address the fact that 11 percent of public school students don’t have a permanent roof over their heads. “Just a single student in temporary housing is one too many,” said City Councilmember Rita Joseph, who chairs the education committee. “The increase of the student population in temporary housing is extremely concerning…” From the sound of it, you would think that this is a new problem that city officials have not had time to respond to. But, no, 2021-2022 marked the seventh consecutive year that the number of homeless students in New York City public schools topped 100,000, says ACNY.
As gratifying as it is to know that city officials remain “extremely concerned” about the fact that, for the past seven years, more than 100,000 schoolkids have experienced homelessness, the alacrity with which they have moved to find suitable living accommodations for a wave of illegal migrants could not be more jarring. As the flood of illegal migrants pouring across the southern border, and shipped to the Big Apple in the dead of night by the Biden administration or in broad daylight by Texas Governor Greg Abbott continues, the city has spared no effort, or expense, to get them situated.
Mayor Eric Adams recently arranged to house newly arriving migrants at the four-star Row NYC hotel in Times Square, where room rates run about $400 a night. Hizzoner also explored the possibility of setting them up aboard a luxury Norwegian Cruise Line ship that is currently docked in Staten Island, but could not come to a deal with the company. “But City Hall is now in talks with four other companies including Carnival Cruise Line and the Estonian company Tallink & Silja,” reports the New York Post.
As for the 104,000 kids in the five boroughs without a place to live? Well, apparently the city’s attitude is that if they’ve been waiting for seven years, what’s another year or two going to matter while the city focuses on settling their share of the record numbers of illegal migrants the Biden administration is waving into the country?