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The Nation's Pressure Gauge Is Rising on Family Homelessness

Huffington Post - Ralph da Costa Nunez - 12/2015

For more than three decades, parents and their children have turned to relatives and friends for help, found themselves in shelter, and even resorted to living as poverty nomads: sleeping in cars, in tent cities, and even on the streets. It's no secret that these experiences affect children in profound ways, but there has been frustratingly little focus on how we can align public policy to best address their unique needs. The Institute for Children, Poverty, and Homelessness has just released a new edition of the American Almanac of Family Homelessness that aims to do just that: it uses state-level data to assess how effective government funded programs have been in connecting homeless students to the services they are entitled to, as well as examines what policies states have in place to prevent family homelessness in the first place. 

American Almanac of Family Homelessness 2015 Webinar: State Family Homelessness Rankings

On October 7, 2015 we held the "State Family Homelessness Rankings: What Do We Know, and What Can We Learn?” webinar, which featured discussions on how states identify and serve homeless children, from early education interventions to financial assistance to youth attending college, as well how states rank on the need for affordable housing, lack of accessible child care, discrimination against survivors of domestic violence, and food insecurity, from the new 2015 American Almanac of Family Homelessness.

State Homeless Family Policy Ranking/Food Insecurity Ranking—Hawaii

From the Corners of Our Country: Addressing the Challenges Faced by Homeless Families

Between 2006 and 2012, the number of homeless students in Ohio increased by 75%.


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