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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: 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.

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.

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