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Other Work

Beyond our research, ICPH combines different mediums to make the issues of family poverty and homelessness accessible to everyone. Through compelling visuals, hard-hitting personal stories, in-depth reporting, and profound research, ICPH communicates the growing problem of family homelessness and sheds light on the importance of ending these entrenched issues.

Charts and Graphics

ICPH’s charts and graphics let readers visualize our research findings in a clear, understandable way. Browse our graphics archive by the type and topic of the graphic. Graphics taken from our research reports and briefs contain links to their reports, as well as all other graphics from that report.

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 pover . 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.

News and Events

Stay up-to-date on everything impacting families experiencing homelessness, including ICPH news and events.


UNCENSORED: American Family Experiences with Poverty and Homelessness portrays the realities of family homelessness and the effect of policy and practice on these vulnerable families, through pointed and informative articles and personal stories from real families and service providers.

Maps and Data

ICPH creates visually compelling maps and infographics as a powerful means to communicate complex data.

Books and Resources


ICPH is your news source on family homelessness and poverty.


The millions of children and their parents who experience homelessness every year are served by an innovative-minded and caring group of service providers, educators, policy makers, and analysts who are always trying new methods to prevent or mitigate the impacts of homelessness on families. ICPH regularly hosts interactive webinars and engaging events, as well as our biennial Beyond Housing conference, in order to build bridges across the field of family homelessness.

Media Resources

For Media inquiries, please contact the External Affairs staff at or call 212-358-8086.


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New York City

In New York City, more and more children and families are facing the most extreme form of instability and poverty—homelessness. ICPH has worked in New York City since our founding, and the city and surrounding area remain integral to our work.


ICPH’s national research reflects the growing prevalence of child and family homelessness in America, examining nationwide trends as well as local case studies in individual communities. 

State Rankings

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Our Research

Through the examination of empirical, quantifiable data, ICPH seeks to inform and enhance public policy related to homeless families, with an emphasis on the impact on children.


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Data Apps

ICPH produces interactive tools and data for users to further explore the effects of homelessness on children and their families. These tools allow people from different fields to tailor and engage with ICPH data in a way that is meaningful to them and the unique needs of their organization.


ICPH’s blog, At the Data’s Edge, looks beyond the numbers at the meaning behind the research. Check in with our team biweekly for a deeper discussion of the findings.

Index Link

What Students and Teachers Say About School Climate at Suspension Hubs

The NYC DOE surveys parents, teachers, and students each year to gather information on a host of topics including school safety, investment in learning, and discipline approach. Responses indicate that there is a connection between school climate and suspension rates—the poorer the climate, the higher the suspension rate. Read more
Apr 30th, 2018   |   Education, New York City, What's New

Why Addressing the Suspension of Homeless Students in Middle School Matters

For homeless students, middle school is a formative time—and what they experience in school can make or break their future opportunities. Read more
Apr 20th, 2018   |   Blog, Education, New York City, What's New

Illuminating the Invisible Million

On March 6, 2018 at SXSW EDU in Austin, TX, step into the hidden world of student homelessness at “The Invisible Million: Homeless Students in the U.S.” Read more
Feb 27th, 2018   |   Blog, Education, Event, Latest News, National, What's New

Changing the Conversation about Homeless Students

For years, we at the Institute for Children, Poverty, and Homelessness have focused a spotlight on student homelessness in major cities, with annual reports on New York City and now, for the first time, Seattle. Read more
Dec 4th, 2017   |   Blog, Education, National, What's New

Disparities in Discipline: Making Sure Seattle’s Homeless Students Aren’t Left Behind

Suspensions are given to millions of students each year, taking them out of school and negatively impacting their behavior and achievement. For students experiencing homelessness, removal from the classroom can have severe consequences. Read more
Nov 27th, 2017   |   Blog, Education, National, What's New

Addressing the Opportunity Gap: Student Homelessness in Seattle Public Schools

The instability of homelessness can have lasting effects on a child’s academic performance. In Seattle Public Schools, housed students performed better than their homeless peers across races and subjects. Read more
Nov 20th, 2017   |   Blog, Education, National, What's New

GIS Day: Discovering Family Homelessness Through GIS

To mark GIS Day 2017, Senior GIS Analyst Kristen MacFarlane examines the many ways ICPH uses Geographic Information Systems in our work. Read more
Nov 15th, 2017   |   Blog, National, What's New

Family Homelessness Exists in Your Community

Seattle has long been on the forefront when it comes to supporting homeless students and working to end family homelessness, but family homelessness is so pervasive that every school, neighborhood, community, and individual in Seattle must accept that someone in their world is experiencing housing instability. Read more
Nov 13th, 2017   |   Blog, Education, National, What's New

Hunger: A Homeless Family Issue

Homeless children and families not only struggle with housing, but also accessing basic needs, such as food to eat. Hunger and homelessness know no bounds—children in every city and state lack basic necessities. Read more
Nov 13th, 2017   |   Blog, Health, New York City, What's New

Join Us at NAEHCY: Explore the Importance of Data and Partnerships

This weekend, ICPH is headed to Chicago for the 29th Annual National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth (NAEHCY) Conference. There, we will join others from across the country who work to support the educational equity of children and youth experiencing homelessness. Read more
Oct 29th, 2017   |   Blog, Education, Event, National

Shining a Light on Student Homelessness at SXSW EDU 2018

We are thrilled to announce our acceptance to SXSW EDU 2018! The Invisible Million is what we named our session; our hope is that with access to such a wide audience we can help homeless students across the nation finally be seen by communities, educators, advocates, elected officials, and more. Read more
Oct 23rd, 2017   |   Blog, Education, National, What's New

Student Homelessness: The Ever-growing Epidemic

With the release of the annual student homelessness snapshot data from New York State, we learned that in school year 2016–17 more than 111,500 New York City students lived in temporary housing, a 6% jump from the prior year and a 60% increase since 2010–11. Read more
Oct 11th, 2017   |   Blog, Education, New York City, What's New