Institute for Children, Poverty & Homelessness      Bringing family homelessness into focus.

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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

MetroFocus: Homeless Hotels Failing Grade

State lawmakers release a scathing report on the city’s homeless hotels. With the mayor less than thrilled we’ll break down the findings with an expert on a situation spiraling out of control. Read more
Feb 7th, 2017   |   Housing, New York City

Who. What. Why.: Crisis Hidden in Plain Sight: Homelessness and Housing Affordability

The crunch between income and the cost of shelter is one of the prime drivers behind New York City’s homeless crisis where close to 65,000 people are homeless and more than 24,000 of those are children. According to the Institute for Children Poverty and Homelessness, over 116,000 students statewide are homeless. Read more
Jan 30th, 2017   |   Education, Housing, New York City

City Limits: Homelessness Crisis Demands a New Kind of Shelter—Not More Hotel Rooms

"Over the last 30 years, there has been very little change in policies to address family homelessness. But a capital investment to develop new Tier III facilities would positively transform the entire family shelter system. The homeless and the community would be equally served while the costs of doing so would go down." Read more
Jan 26th, 2017   |   Housing, New York City, Rapid Re-Housing

The 74: After Three Years Living in a Shelter, Darius and His Mom Get Apartment of Their Own

In fact, formerly homeless students struggle academically at rates similar to their classmates who are still displaced, according to a recent report from the Institute for Children, Poverty and Homelessness. Read more
Jan 25th, 2017   |   Education, New York City

Metro: Bloomberg left homeless mess for de Blasio

In large portions of the Bronx, 13 to 18 percent children enrolled in schools, were homeless, according to figures from the Institute for Children, Poverty, and Homelessness. Read more
Jan 13th, 2017   |   Education, Housing, New York City

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