Institute for Children, Poverty & Homelessness      From research to policy and policy to practice.

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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

Blogs and News

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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Interactive Data

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.

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Homelessness is …

Homelessness is a women's issue, an early childhood issue, a teen pregnancy issue, a domestic violence issue, and a criminal justice issue. Read more
Oct 20th, 2016   |   Criminal Justice, Domestic Violence, Education

Domestic Violence is a Homeless Family Issue

More than 1 in 4 families with children in the New York City shelter system entered because of domestic violence. 1 in 4 high school students who reported being physically hurt on purpose by someone they were dating was homeless. Read more
Oct 3rd, 2016   |   Domestic Violence

Where are homeless students?

Homeless students attended school in every school district in New York City in SY 2014–15 with an average of 8% of students homeless citywide. Read more
Aug 17th, 2016   |   Education

Number of Homeless Students by Grade

Number of Homeless Students by Grade Read more
Aug 17th, 2016   |   Education

Homeless Students in New York City Public Schools

One out of every eight students attending school in SY 2014–15 had been homeless at some point since SY 2010–11—over 127,000 students. Read more
Aug 17th, 2016   |   Education

Homelessness and Young Children

In New York City 1 in 5 people in a homeless shelter is a child age 5 or younger. Read more
Nov 17th, 2015   |   Housing

What Keeps Homeless Kids Out of Class?

The top challenges homeless children faced in attending school were concern about basic survival needs, lack of transportation, inability to do homework due to lack of a study area, lack of clothing and supplies, and poor health and medical care. Read more
Jul 8th, 2015   |   Education

Are We Shutting the Door on Homeless Families?

Across 25 major American cities surveyed, 1 in 4 people seeking emergency shelter was turned away. This included families with children. 73% of cities turned away homeless families with children because no beds were available. Read more
Apr 28th, 2015   |   Housing

Reducing Food Insecurity

Massachusetts, New York, and Pennsylvania are putting homeless children #OnTheMap Read more
Mar 10th, 2015   |   Food Insecurity

42,000 homeless students called the street home

Nearly 42,000 homeless students called the street home in the 2012-13 School Year. Read more
Feb 2nd, 2015   |   Housing

The cost of child care in Massachusetts

In 2012, the average cost of child care was almost $8,000 per year nationally. Read more
Dec 1st, 2014   |   Child Care

Hungry Weekends

Homeless children are automatically eligible for free breakfast and lunch provided by schools. Many face a long, hungry weekend when school is out. Read more
Nov 19th, 2014   |   Food Insecurity