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


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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Vice: How Cities Got Serious About Homelessness in 2016

"No one will say it, but shelters have become a surrogate for low-income housing in America," said Ralph da Costa Nuñez, president of the New York City-based think tank Institute for Children and Poverty. Read more
Dec 26th, 2016   |   Domestic Violence, Education, Employment, Housing, National, New York City, Rapid Re-Housing

Parent Herald: Homeless Students Across US Increasing? Recent Statistics Reveal New York Has The Second Largest Homeless Student Population In America

According to the data released by the Institute for Children, Poverty and Homelessness (ICPH), there are more than 116,700 homeless students in the state of New York and 83 percent of them live in urban centers up- and downstate. Read more
Dec 15th, 2016   |   Education

Dropout Nation: Homeless Children’s Lives Matter

Thirty-six percent of homeless children attending New York City’s public schools were chronically absent (or missing more than 18 days of the school year) in 2013-2014, according to a study by the Institute for Children, Poverty & Homelessness. Read more
Dec 13th, 2016   |   Education, Housing

Huffington Post: Comprehensive Vision On Homelessness Is Already Here

"A comprehensive vision is precisely what is needed—comprehensive enough to include educational supports, mental health services, job training and other on-site shelter services to put, and keep, families in their own homes." Read more
Dec 12th, 2016   |   Education, Housing

New York Times: New York Charters Enroll Fewer Homeless Pupils Than City Schools

According to a report on New York City from the Institute for Children, Poverty and Homelessness, a policy research organization, students in temporary housing are nearly twice as likely to be chronically absent — meaning they miss at least 20 days of school — as students who are not homeless. Read more
Dec 9th, 2016   |   Education, Housing

LSE US Centre: Nonprofit housing dispersal strategies to help the homeless can increase quality of life when placed in diverse and more affluent communities

Studies continue to show that “where you live and where children grow up matters”. It seems that geography matters more to children in poor or very-low income families. The philosophy that living in a more affluent area influences the level of income a person has, and this appears to be widely similar across metropolitan areas in the United States. Read more
Dec 9th, 2016

Education Dive: New York’s homeless pulled between shelter and school

… a report from the Institute for Children, Poverty & Homelessness found the stability of staying in one shelter for all four years of high school can lead to graduation rates nearly on par with low-income students in regular housing. Read more
Dec 9th, 2016   |   Education, Housing

The Atlantic: Why Homeless Kids Can’t Get to School

Another recent report, by the New York City-based Institute for Children, Poverty & Homelessness (ICPH), found that more than 127,000 New York City public-school students—or one in eight—have been homeless at some point in the last five school years. Read more
Dec 8th, 2016   |   Education

Think Progress: The Homeless Crisis in New York City’s Schools

More than 100,000 New York City students are homeless this academic year, according to an analysis by the Institute for Children, Poverty & Homelessness (ICPH). That’s an increase of 22 percent over the year before — a jump that is 'unprecedented,' Jennifer Erb-Downward, principal policy analyst at ICPH, told ThinkProgress. Read more
Oct 26th, 2016   |   Education, Latest News

DNAinfo: Brooklyn’s Homeless Crisis Could Lead to Shake-Up of Education Supervisors

Bedford-Stuyvesant and northern Crown Heights’ School District 16 and Brownsville’s School District 23 both had a homeless student population of 15.2 percent in the 2014-15 academic year, a report from the Institute for Children, Poverty & Homelessness shows. Read more
Oct 20th, 2016   |   Education

The 74: NYC’s Homeless Student Population Reaches a New ‘Disturbing’ High: 105,445, or 1 in 10

Jennifer Erb-Downward, a principal policy analyst at the Institute for Children, Poverty and Homelessness, said the city’s single-year growth is 'unprecedented.' Read more
Oct 18th, 2016   |   Education

New York Daily News: Homelessness Among NYC Schoolkids Surges As Population Tops 100,000

Institute for Children, Poverty, and Homelessness President Ralph Nunez said the dramatic increase in the number of homeless kids is cause for alarm. Read more
Oct 17th, 2016   |   Education