Homelessness is a consequence of many factors that plague our society and our communities -- from gentrification, to low wages, to issues of mental illness and family crisis. Yes, these myriad issues manifest themselves in our shelter system and the solutions are never easy.
New York has always chosen the road less travelled when it came to serving the homeless. But the city's generous right to shelter policy has become a road that brings many more to New York than we can serve.
The Department of Education and Department of Homeless Services must work together to address the needs of homeless students, and better track the data surrounding attendance and graduation rates among this population.
By mandating that our residents set aside money, we teach them to budget and save: a life skill that is especially critical for those who are poor and thus have little to no room for error in their finances.