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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FAQ About Family Homelessness

ICPH provides answers to the most frequently asked questions about family homelessness. Read more
Jun 19th, 2017   |   Blog

The Power of Data

ICPH added additional data to our Interactive Map of Student Homelessness so that educators, policy-makers, advocates, and all New Yorkers can see the big picture regarding student homelessness: what’s available—and what’s missing—in every neighborhood. Read more
Jun 19th, 2017   |   Blog, Education, Health

Mental Health and Homeless Students: A Closer Look

Join ICPH's Senior Policy Analyst Anna Shaw-Amoah as she takes a closer look at the mental health struggles homeless high school students face, highlighting existing social and emotional supports, and considering ways to increase access to trauma-informed services for teens. Read more
May 24th, 2017   |   Education, Event, Health, What's New

Calling for Proposals

ICPH invites service providers, practitioners, policy makers, homeless and formerly homeless individuals, advocates, and researchers to submit presentation proposals for the Beyond Housing 2018 Conference to be held January 10-12, 2018. Read more
May 5th, 2017   |   Beyond Housing, Event, What's New

Launch Event: The Dynamics of Family Homelessness in New York City

Join us for a breakfast conversation with leaders in the field and the launch of our latest publication, On the Map: The Dynamics of Family Homelessness in New York City. Read more
Apr 17th, 2017   |   Event, New York City

Homeless Student Health Webinar

Join ICPH principal policy analyst Jennifer Erb-Downward as she walks you through the unique needs and risks these students face, revealed in the new report, More Than a Place to Sleep: Understanding the Health and Well-Being of Homeless High School Students. Read more
Mar 31st, 2017   |   Event, Health

Conference Registration Now Open

Join fellow practitioners, policy makers, and service providers to share new and effective programs, solutions, and policies aimed at reducing poverty and homelessness among children and families in the US. Read more
Mar 28th, 2017   |   Beyond Housing, Event, Latest News, What's New

First Focus: Bill Reintroduction is a Victory for 1.2 Million Homeless Kids

A new report from the Institute for Children, Poverty and Homelessness found that 1 in 3 high school students in New York City that has attempted suicide is homeless and over 40 percent of homeless teens struggle with depression, a rate 12 percentage points higher than their housed peers. Read more
Mar 14th, 2017   |   Domestic Violence, Education, Health

Huffington Post: Homeless Teens Are 3 Times More Likely To Attempt Suicide, Be Hurt By Partners

“More Than a Place to Sleep,” examined the effects of homelessness on teenagers―and found that homeless high schoolers are more likely than their housed peers to attempt suicide, experience intimate partner violence and suffer from preventable but serious health issues. Read more
Mar 14th, 2017   |   Domestic Violence, Education, Health, New York City

KERA News: Study Ties Student Homelessness To Poor Health, Academic Performance

Texas ranks third in the country for the highest number of homeless students in public schools, and research suggests these kids fall behind academically because they’re prone to more health problems. The study from ICPH ties homelessness and health to school performance. Read more
Mar 13th, 2017   |   Education, Health, National

POLITICO New York: New York City’s homeless high schoolers face daunting health risks

NYC’s homeless high school students face a daunting array of health risks, including asthma attacks, unplanned pregnancies and self-harm, according to a study to be released Monday by ICPH. Read more
Mar 13th, 2017   |   Domestic Violence, Education, Health, New York City, What's New

Washington Times: A healer for housing

"Mr. Castro pointed to a massive HUD report that nobody has time to read. Someone did read it—the Institute for Children, Poverty and Homelessness—which concluded, 'Definitive answers were nowhere to be found' regarding Rapid Rehousing’s results." Read more
Mar 8th, 2017   |   Housing, National, Rapid Re-Housing