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de Blasio’s budget could hurt homeless children

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There’s going to be less money available for the city’s more than 27,000 homeless children after Mayor Bill de Blasio’s preliminary budget appeared to ax programs like Bridging the Gap, which caters to schools with large numbers of homeless children. 

The preliminary budget cuts would eliminate summer programs for 34,000 middle school students, according to Jennifer March, executive director of the Citizens’ Committee for Children. 

But children aren’t being completely left out. de Blasio has proposed more funding for youth initiatives like runaway and homeless youth drop-in centers, anti-bullying, and programs specifically designed for 3-year-olds.

 

 

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