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Mayor de Blasio urged to boost resources to tackle the rising homeless student population

06.05.2018 | New York Daily News | In a letter sent to de Blasio Monday, the leaders of 16 influential nonprofits that work with homeless students urged de Blasio to dramatically increase supports for those kids by adding staff and funding in his upcoming budget. “The growing number of students in temporary housing represents a crisis that requires more of the City’s attention and resources,” states the letter endorsed by Advocates for Children of New York, The Legal Aid Society, WIN and other groups. The groups that signed the letter want de Blasio to add $19 million in funding for projects such as boosting the number social workers for homeless kids in shelters and schools. They also want de Blasio to establish a Deputy Chancellor’s Office for Highly Mobile Students and hire Field Support Center Directors for Highly Mobile Students. “The City must do more to help these students succeed in school, starting by doubling the number of school social workers,” said Advocates for Children of New York policy director Randi Levine. Read article