A Manhattan school is installing a washer and dryer in the building to help students who may not have access to them due to homelessness.

Over 100,000 students were homeless in New York City during 2018-2019, and officials at P.S. 132 in Washington Heights said nearly one-quarter of its students are currently living in shelters or overcrowded homes, according to Advocates for Children of New York.

To aid students, the elementary school will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Friday, Feb. 28, for its newly installed washing machine and dryer, which were paid for by the Catholic Charities of New York’s Alianza Division, PIX 11 reported.

The washing machine and dryer are free to use.

Prior to the machines’ installation, P.S. 132 faculty had been bringing home and washing the clothing of students living in shelters with limited or no access to laundry services.


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