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Reports and Briefs

ICPH researches the causes of family homelessness, the demographics of this growing population, the conditions that make it difficult for homeless families to become self-sufficient, and the programs that are most effective in helping them transition out of poverty. ICPH works with programs and partners across the U.S. to conduct and disseminate this research in order to improve services and influence public policy.

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Latest Reports

Primary Stakeholders' Perspectives on Services for Families Without Homes [DRAFT]
4/2014

ICPH contributed a chapter to a new book Supporting Families Experiencing Homelessness: Current Practices and Future Directions. The book begins by discussing the effects of homelessness from infancy to adulthood, then addresses strengths-based and culturally competent services for homeless families with children, and ends with highlighting proven solutions and best practices toward ending family homelessness. ICPH provided the final chapter, which presents the perspectives of 12 stakeholders on the current state of family homelessness. The first half of the chapter relates the effects of homelessness that inhibit parents' ability to provide adequate care for their children. The second half of the chapter focuses on the federal policies that positively and negatively impact homeless parents and their children.

Read a draft of the chapter "Primary Stakeholders' Perspectives on Services for Families Without Homes" here. Edited by Mary E. Haskett, Staci Perlman, and Beryl Ann Cowan, this volume may be purchased online at Springer's website.

The Process of Poverty Destabilization: How Gentrification is Reshaping Upper Manhattan and the Bronx and Increasing Homelessness in New York City
2/2014

As gentrification spreads in parts of New York City and across the country, this policy brief, the second in a series, looks at trends in three neighborhoods of Upper Manhattan and the South Bronx—Washington Heights, Highbridge/Concourse, and Kingsbridge Heights—to better understand what poverty destabilization is and where and when it occurs.  Poverty destabilization is not an inevitable consequence of gentrification in areas of high poverty. Researchers point to affordable housing in the form of rent regulation or public housing—both unfortunately scarce—as a means for longtime residents to stay in their homes and as a way of decreasing pressure on the housing market.

Correction: The percentages under "No high school diploma" in Figure 2 should read as follows: Washington Heights, 33.3%; Kingsbridge Heights, 35.6%; and Highbridge/Concourse, 39.0%.

The American Almanac at a Glance
10/2013

The Institute for Children, Poverty, and Homelessness published The American Almanac of Family Homlessness as a comprehensive guide to national, state, and local familiy homelessness in the United States. This overview explains what researchers, policymakers, advocates, service providers, and other stakeholders can find in the Almanac, which is available here.

Homelessness Hits Home: A New York City Public Opinion Poll
10/2013

Homelessness is an issue that many New Yorkers are forced to confront every day—from passing a homeless person on the sidewalk or subway to facing homelessness themselves. A basic awareness of the growing crisis is unavoidable. But in a city as large and economically diverse as New York, it stands to reason that the thought of life without stable housing weighs more heavily on some people than on others. To better understand New Yorkers’ thoughts on homelessness, the Institute for Children, Poverty, and Homelessness (ICPH), in conjunction with Baruch College, conducted a survey of local residents to see exactly how awareness and attitudes varied across the city.

An Unstable Foundation: Factors that Impact Educational Attainment among Homeless Children
9/2013

While it has long been acknowledged that housing instability has a detrimental effect on children, just how severely does it hinder their development? ICPH examined data on 359 homeless New York City families to determine the key obstacles to success many homeless children encounter and the extent to which these obstacles impede their academic, social, and economic progress.

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