Beth Fertig is WNYC’s Contributing Editor for Education. She previously covered politics, which included City Hall during the Giuliani administration, and the U.S. Senate campaigns of Charles Schumer and Hillary Clinton. She also covered transportation and infrastructure.
More Families Seek Shelter as Recession Deepens
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
New York, NY –
The Coalition for the Homeless says the number of homeless families hit a record high last month, with 9,700 seeking shelter.
As of last week, the city reported more than 15,000 children were staying in shelters.
Susan Barnes, principal of P-S 112 in the Northeast Bronx, says she's seen a rising number of homeless children in her elementary school, with about three or four each year. She says the school tries to help them out with extra services.
BARNES: Definitely making sure the after school services are there provided for them, also that we make sure that they receive additional supports as far as homework help. A lot of donations are given for those parents.
REPORTER: Barnes says all three homeless families with children in her school this fall found shelter just before the holidays.
But with 98% of her students receiving free or reduced price lunch, she worries the recession may cause more families to lose their homes.