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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.


Latest Reports

Overlooked: The Far-Reaching Consequences of Late Identification of Homeless Students for Special Education Services

Homeless students face many challenges in their daily lives, including at school. Services to support their learning are available, but these students must first be identified and receive an Individualized Education Program (IEP). A new policy report examines when the special education needs of homeless students in New York City are most often identified, the impact of that timing on educational and behavioral outcomes, and the role that school stability plays in timely identification. Meeting the special education needs of homeless students as early as possible ensures this already marginalized group of children does not needlessly fall behind in school.

Housing Affordability in Concourse/Highbridge: The Promise of Affordable Housing May Bring False Hope

A new community profile by the Institute for Children, Poverty, and Homelessness takes an in-depth look at "affordable housing" in the Concourse/High­bridge neighborhood of the Bronx—one of the poorest neighborhoods in New York City. A large percentage of new affordable housing units are financially out of reach for low-income residents in the neighborhood. Could new plans for development and affordable housing in the Jerome Avenue Corridor of the South Bronx destabilize this already vulnerable community?

What Happens to Homeless Families in Redeveloped East New York?

Struggles with homelessness and poverty are not new to East New York. It is the largest feeder of families into New York City's shelter system and one of the first neighborhoods designated for affordable housing redevelopment. This new community profile examines the impact this redevelopment may have on the neighborhood's poorest residents. Will it prevent more families from becoming homeless or are these "affordable units" out of reach for the families who need them most?

On the Map: Community Snapshots, Family Homelessness in Your Community

On the Map: Community Snapshots
 continues the work of our On the Map 
series by providing quick, one-page snapshots that look at the key factors impacting family homelessness at the community level. This helpful resource examines family homelessness by New York City Community District, analyzing key elements such as shelter entry data and the extent of student homelessness. Each snapshot also details the stability indicators of each community, from the affordability of rental units to unemployment rates.



All Brooklyn Community Districts

Brooklyn Community District 1 Brooklyn Community District 2 Brooklyn Community District 3
Brooklyn Community District 4 Brooklyn Community District 5 Brooklyn Community District 6
Brooklyn Community District 7 Brooklyn Community District 8 Brooklyn Community District 9
Brooklyn Community District 10 Brooklyn Community District 11 Brooklyn Community District 12
Brooklyn Community District 13 Brooklyn Community District 14 Brooklyn Community District 15
Brooklyn Community District 16 Brooklyn Community District 17 Brooklyn Community District 18


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All Bronx Community Districts

Bronx Community District 1 Bronx Community District 2 Bronx Community District 3
Bronx Community District 4 Bronx Community District 5 Bronx Community District 6
Bronx Community District 7 Bronx Community District 8 Bronx Community District 9
Bronx Community District 10 Bronx Community District 11 Bronx Community District 12


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All Queens Community Districts

Queens Community District 1 Queens Community District 2 Queens Community District 3
Queens Community District 4 Queens Community District 5 Queens Community District 6
Queens Community District 7 Queens Community District 8 Queens Community District 9
Queens Community District 10 Queens Community District 11 Queens Community District 12
Queens Community District 13 Queens Community District 14  


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All Manhattan Community Districts

Manhattan Community District 1
Manhattan Community District 2
Manhattan Community District 3
Manhattan Community District 4 Manhattan Community District 5 Manhattan Community District 6
Manhattan Community District 7 Manhattan Community District 8 Manhattan Community District 9
Manhattan Community District 10 Manhattan Community District 11 Manhattan Community District 12


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Staten Island

All Staten Island Community Districts

Staten Island Community District 1
Staten Island Community District 2
Staten Island Community District 3


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On the Map: The Dynamics of Family Homelessness in New York City

Return to shelter is a critical factor contributing to the growth of family homelessness in New York City. Among families living in shelter at any point during the last half of 2014, 84% had entered shelter for the first time prior to 2014. This trend is reflective of the focus on moving families out of the shelter system as quickly as possible, with limited attention directed towards addressing the underlying reason that each family entered shelter in the first place. In order to further the conversation about the dynamics that drive family homelessness in New York City’s communities, On the Map: The Dynamics of Family Homelessness in New York City provides a geographic analysis of demographic patterns and newly-available data on family homelessness. On the Map is an easy-to-use resource for policymakers, budget analysts, service providers, and community leaders and organizations.

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