Homelessness is …
A Women’s Issue: A young single mother with two children makes up the typical homeless family.
An Early Childhood Issue: 1 in 5 teen parents with children in the NYC Department of Education daycare program for student parents had been homeless in the past 5 years.
A Teen Pregnancy Issue: 1 in 10 teen parents with children in the NYC Department of Education daycare program for student parents became homeless after the birth or their first child.
A Domestic Violence Issue: 1 in 4 families with children in a New York City shelter entered because of domestic violence.
A Criminal Justice Issue: 1 in 8 women at the East River Academy on Rikers Island were homeless prior to being incarcerated.
Sources: New York City Department of Homeless Services, unpublished data tabulated by the Institute for Children, Poverty, and Homelessness, FY 2015 and the first half of FY 2016; New York City Department of Education, unpublished data tabulated by the Institute for Children, Poverty, and Homelessness, SY 2010–11 to SY 2014–15.
The water in Houston may be receding, but the damage has been done. Before a single drop of rain fell in the state of Texas, more than 110,000 children in at least 25,000 families were homeless. Now those numbers have swelled into the hundreds of thousands.
The Summer 2017 issue of UNCENSORED looks beyond where homeless families sleep to another core issue—their health. Health plays an important role in predicting the future success and productivity of homeless children and their families. Simply put, health problems can not only lead to homelessness, but can make it difficult to escape this most extreme form of poverty.