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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

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.

A Neighborhood Divided: Gentrification, Poverty, and Homelessness in Elmhurst/Corona

A new report by New York–based Institute for Children, Poverty, and Homelessness (ICPH) revealed that low-income families in the Elmhurst/Corona section of Queens, New York, are at risk of growing housing instability in the face of gentrification, rising rents, and a rapidly vanishing affordable housing stock. Community development and gentrification often pushes lower income residents out of desired and affordable neighborhoods. Understanding that a potential crisis is on the doorstep, this community has a unique opportunity to manage and hopefully reduce the instability that ultimately drives many families into homelessness.

Aftershocks: The Lasting Impact of Homelessness on Student Achievement

Educators have long known the negative effect that housing instability can have on a child's education, but a new ICPH policy brief suggests that these effects do not end when a student is stably housed. 

Why New York City's Homeless Family Policies Keep Failing

More than 12,000 families and 23,000 children reside in New York City homeless shelters. New York City has built more affordable housing, has dispersed more rental vouchers, and has established more prevention programs than any other city in the country. So, why, after 30 years, do the number of families residing in shelters continue to grow?  This report reviews 25 years of family homelessness in New York City and the various policy initiatives instituted to combat it, as well as suggests an alternative path to reducing what has been one of the city’s most intractable social problems.

Empty Seats: The Epidemic of Absenteeism Among Homeless Elementary Students

School absences are pervasive across New York City. Almost one in five New York City public school elementary students (19%) were chronically absent in SY 2013-14, missing 20 days or more of school. Worse, homeless elementary students were chronically absent at roughly twice the rate of elementary students overall. This report examines the disparities in absenteeism and its impact on educational achievement, comparing homeless students and their housed peers, regardless of family income level.

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