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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

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

News

ICPH is your news source on family homelessness and poverty.

Events

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Media Resources

For Media inquiries, please contact the External Affairs staff at Media@ICPHusa.org or call 212-358-8086.

Partnerships

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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.

National

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.

Students

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Families

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Chalkbeat: Nine graphs that show how hard it is to be a homeless student in New York City

About 127,000 New York City public school students—or one in eight—have been homeless at some point in the last five school years, more than the total population of Boston and Seattle’s school systems combined. Read more
Aug 18th, 2016   |   Education

The Daily News (WA): Shelters debate merits of Housing First approach

He said he supports the three-tiered approach to homelessness endorsed by Ralph DaCosta Nunez, president and CEO of Institute for Children, Poverty and Homelessness in New York. Read more
Jul 9th, 2016   |   Housing

ThinkProgress: No Home, No Papers, No Help—The Plight Of Undocumented Immigrants On The Street

Homeless Hispanics are also more likely to spend the night in atypical unsheltered locations like abandoned buildings, according to the Institute for Children, Poverty and Homelessness, making them more likely to be overlooked. Read more
Jun 29th, 2016   |  

Huffington Post: A ‘Housing First’ Solution Could Actually Stimulate Homelessness

Recent weeks have brought devastating news for many of the shelters coping with a surge of homelessness in cities across the country: The federal funding they have relied on to house, feed, and care for some of the very neediest Americans is going away. Read more
May 25th, 2016   |   Housing

Huffington Post: Why Rapid Rehousing May Be Increasing Family Homelessness

Tents cities are proliferating in Seattle and Los Angeles. Shelters are overflowing in Madison, Wisconsin, and Asheville, North Carolina. The mayor of Portland, Oregon, has declared a housing “state of emergency.” A coalition of 10 west coast mayors is pleading for money from Washington to address what they call a “housing and homelessness crisis.” Nowhere is the situation worse than in New York City, where the shelter population this winter has surged above 60,000. Read more
Apr 12th, 2016   |   Housing

Huffington Post: Why New York City’s Homeless Family Policies Keep Failing

Your eyes do not deceive you, the headlines do not exaggerate: homelessness is worse than ever in New York City. Read more
Feb 24th, 2016   |   Housing

Huffington Post: The Nation’s Pressure Gauge Is Rising on Family Homelessness

There appears to be no end to the mounting pressures on America’s poorest families in the areas of income, housing, and employment. Read more
Dec 1st, 2015   |  

Huffington Post: Rapid Rehousing Is Not the Only Option for Families

The recently released and much-anticipated midpoint results of the Family Options Study did not yield strong, much less conclusive results about which rehousing strategy is most effective. Read more
Sep 3rd, 2015   |   Housing

Huffington Post: The Cost of Not Investing in After-School Programs for Homeless Students

There are nearly 80,000 homeless students who attend New York City public schools. While many do well and stay on track, many face the risk of a jeopardized academic future. Read more
May 11th, 2015   |   Education

Huffington Post: The Dollars and Sense of a Basic Education

Half of all homeless parents in New York City shelters don’t have a high school diploma. In essence, this means they can’t read or write at a level required to get a decent job, permanently sentencing them to low-wage, dead-end jobs or, as is the case for many, no employment prospects at all. Read more
Mar 25th, 2015   |   Education

Huffington Post: Reject the Status Quo to Break the Cycle of Homelessness

New York City faces a persistent conundrum: How can the city help homeless families out of shelters and into secure, stable housing—and prevent their return to the shelter system? Read more
Oct 20th, 2014   |  

Huffington Post: When It Comes to Homeless Students, Should the Sky Be the Limit?

The recent data released by the U.S. Department of Education on the increase in the number of homeless students in the United States are sad, but not surprising. Family homelessness has been climbing steadily for decades. Read more
Sep 30th, 2014   |   Education