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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.


Latest Reports

In the Trenches: How Communities Are Faring in the Era of Rapid Re-housing

This policy research commentary examines rapid re-housing where the rubber hits the road, recounting experiences in cities and communities across the nation and taking a closer look at where it works and where it does not. 

Are We Creating Chronic Homelessness? The Past, Present, and Future of Federal Homelessness Policy

This guest policy commentary by Barbara Duffield, director of policy and programs for the National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth (NAEHCY), reexamines the assumptions of current federal homelessness policy, its emphasis on chronically homeless individuals, and its impact on homeless families.

On The Map: The Atlas of Student Homelessness in New York City 2016

In New York City, one out of every eight children attending public school in SY 2014-15 experienced homelessness within the past five school years. On The Map: The Atlas of Student Homelessness in New York City provides a detailed picture of homelessness within the City's educational system: where homeless students go to school, what kind of supports they might need, what their academic outcomes look like, what differences exist by the type of homelessness a student experiences, and what the lasting impacts of homelessness are educationally—even after a student's housing instability has ended.


Table of Contents

Executive Summary

Educational Achievement of Homeless Students

User’s Guide

School Instability Across Districts

Overview: Homeless Students in New York City

Geographic Patterns of Absenteeism

Student Homelessness Remains Pervasive

Identifying Students in Need of IEPs

Most Children Are Homeless for More Than One School Year

The Intersection of Homelessness and English Language Learners

Hispanics and Blacks Are Over-Represented

Academic Achievement in English

Young Students Are Most at Risk for Homelessness

Academic Achievement in Math

Housing Instability Undermines School Stability

Aftershocks of Homelessness by District

Empty Seats: Who Is Missing?

Suspension of Homeless Students

Aftershocks of Homelessness on Grade-Level Proficiency

Where Homeless Students Drop Out

Left Back: Who Is Retained?

Graduation Rates Differ by District

Lasting Impact on Grade Retention

Homeless Students by School District

Unequal Discipline: Who Is Suspended?

Individual School District Profiles and Rankings

Overlooked: Who Receives Late IEPs?


Early Intervention Matters

Glossary of Terms

Defying the Odds in High School: Who Is Dropping Out and Who Is Graduating?

Community Resources

The Geography of Student Homelessness

Homeless Students by School District

Where Are Homeless Students?

Homeless Students by Community District

Differences in Pre-K Enrollment

Homeless Students by City Council District

Where Sheltered and Doubled-up Students Go to School

Homeless Students by State Assembly District

Patterns of School Transfers Among Homeless Students

Homeless Students by State Senate District

Late Enrollment Impacts Funding



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HUD's Family Options Study: Revisiting the Preliminary Results

This Policy Research Commentary takes a closer look at the interim results of HUD's Family Options Study, the most comprehensive study ever conducted to test different approaches to addressing family homelessness, and raises serious questions about the ability to draw any definitive conclusions thus far. In it, ICPH provides a plain-spoken explanation of the study, as well as explores whether the study's methodology blurred interim results as households assigned to a particular type of assistance may have used a different type entirely, whether rapid rehousing really saves money in the long-run, and whether the long-term stability of families was or should be taken into account. Finally, the Policy Research Commentary offers questions for policymakers, funders, advocates, service providers, and taxpayers to consider as we await the final results of the Family Options Study in late 2017.

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.

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