Children in the Shelter System

New York is in the midst of a historic homelessness crisis which has had a particularly harmful and lasting effect on children.

On June 1, 2015, for example, a staggering 11,703 families with 23,349 children spent the night in New York City shelters. 70 percent of individuals who are currently experiencing homelessness have families with children. Moreover, this figure does not include the growing number of children who are “doubled up” with friends or relatives, or living in severely rent-burdened homes.