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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

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

The 74: The Homeless Student Population Is Exploding. Will New Focus on Performance Save Them?

Every time a student transfers to a new school, they’re set back academically by up to six months, according to a recent report by the Institute for Children, Poverty and Homelessness, and homeless students in New York City transfer to new schools about three times as often as children with stable housing. Read more
Oct 16th, 2016   |   Education

City & State: Shifting To Traditional Homeless Shelters, De Blasio Faces Backlash From Locals

Traditional shelters are also a more visible reminder of homelessness – and how well any given administration is handling it, according to Ralph da Costa Nunez, president of the Institute for Children, Poverty and Homelessness. Read more
Oct 12th, 2016   |   Housing

The New Yorker: Is AirBnB Good for the Black Middle Class?

This August, the Institute for Children, Poverty, and Homelessness determined that ten per cent of students in the Department of Education’s District 23, which includes Ocean Hill, are living in shelters. Read more
Oct 5th, 2016   |   Latest News

Townhall: Avowed Socialist Takes Charge of U.S. Public Housing Policy

In analyzing the federal government’s lengthy report, the New York-based 'Institute for Children, Poverty and Homelessness' concludes 'definitive answers are nowhere to be found,' raising serious questions about the report’s methodology and conclusions. Read more
Oct 4th, 2016   |   Housing

Crosscut: Mayor’s Homeless Advisors Are Misguided

The Institute for Children, Poverty and Homelessness published a statement on a HUD Family Options Study, which followed hundreds of homeless families in 12 cities across the country for three years. Read more
Sep 19th, 2016   |   Housing

New York Daily News: Homeless Student Enrollment in NYC Schools Jumps 70% From Pre-recession Total

A whopping 86,694 homeless students are enrolled in city schools — a number that has steadily grown over the past few years, the Daily News has learned. Read more
Sep 16th, 2016   |   Education

TimesLedger: Student Homelessness In Queens Varies By District

School districts in Queens varied in terms of the numbers of students who experienced homelessness in the 2014-15 school year, according to a new report released by a nonprofit. Read more
Sep 8th, 2016   |   Education