Home News In New York City Schools, an Eve... In New York City Schools, an Ever-Rising Tide of Homeless Students Posted on April 26, 2017 by Jacquelyn Simone The number of New York City public school students living in homeless shelters has increased in each of the last five years, reaching nearly 33,000 in the 2015-16 school year, the city’s Independent Budget Office said in a report on Monday. That is 4,000 more students than at any point during the previous academic year, an increase of 15 percent. The report, by Liza Pappas, an education policy analyst for the budget office, documented not only the increasing number of homeless students but also how they are distributed around the school system. These students, who often need extra services to help compensate for disruptions in their home lives and their schooling, tend to be clustered in a relatively small number of schools.