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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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

Summer 2017, Vol. 8.1

The Summer 2017 issue of UNCENSORED looks beyond where homeless families sleep to another core issue—their health. Health plays an important role in predicting the future success and productivity of homeless children and their families. Simply put, health problems can not only lead to homelessness, but can make it difficult to escape this most extreme form of poverty. Read more
Jul 8th, 2017   |   Health, What's New

Fall 2016/Winter 2017, Vol. 7.3

Welcome to the new online edition of UNCENSORED, Fall 2016/Winter 2017, featuring recommendations from service providers for what the new presidential administration should consider in the growing crisis of family homelessness. Read more
Jan 5th, 2017   |   Housing, Latest Publication, National, What's New

Summer 2016, Vol. 7.2

This issue takes a close look at both services and policies to understand where they do, can, or might have an impact on family homelessness. Read more
Jul 3rd, 2016   |   Education, Employment, Housing

Spring 2016, Vol. 7.1

Our 2016 conference brought together over 600 service providers, policymakers, researchers, and practitioners from across the country and around the world to discuss best practices and share insights on how to address the issue of family homelessness with tools that stem far beyond simply housing. Read more
Jan 7th, 2016   |   Education, Housing

Fall 2015, Vol 6.3

The Fall 2015 issue explores the technology gap between low-income students and their peers in “The Digital Divide;” describes the home visiting model of support for expectant and new parents in “Changing Lives with a Knock on the Door;” and shares how City of Refuge, a nonprofit in Atlanta, Georgia, is addressing the booming suburban poverty rate with innovation that includes culinary and automotive social enterprises in “Middle Class by Middle Age.” Read more
Sep 8th, 2015   |   Child Care, Education, Employment, Housing

Summer 2015, Vol 6.2

Publisher's Note Dear Reader, Summer is the season that conjures up images of fun in the sun, vacations, and a... Read more
Jun 9th, 2015   |   Education, Housing

Spring 2015, Vol 6.1

Our Spring 2015 issue emphasizes the importance of programs and services that go beyond housing to support children and families experiencing poverty and homelessness. We look programs that offer at yoga, culinary and janitorial training programs, essential budget and life-skills training, and more for at-risk and homeless populations. Read more
Mar 10th, 2015   |   Child Care, Education, Employment

Spring 2014, Vol. 5.1

In “Bringing Child Homelessness into Focus,” the internationally renowned photographer Craig Blankenhorn shares his work documenting homeless families across the country. “A Sweet Mission,” features the Yonkers-based Greyston Foundation, with its open-hiring policy for the Greyston Bakery and its programs to employ, train, support, and encourage struggling adults who are trying to provide for their children. These stories are just two components of our Spring issue, whose many perspectives on a growing problem offer a wealth of information, insights, and challenges. Read more
Mar 7th, 2014   |   Child Care, Housing

Fall 2013, Vol 4.3

The Fall 2013 issue of UNCENSORED features excerpts from the Tackling Poverty panel discussion in early 2013. “Girls Write Now” takes a look at a highly successful New York City program, pairing professional women writers and editors with often at-risk female high school students to enhance the girls’ writing skills. "Judy Centers" examines efforts to bring together educational and family services under one roof for preschool-aged children and their parents. “The Sanity Project” comprises heartbreaking and inspiring personal essays by a Michigan-based homeless education liaison. Read more
Sep 6th, 2013   |   Child Care, Education

Summer 2013, Vol. 4.2

Our spring issue features "It Takes McCarver to Raise a Child: The Tacoma Housing Authority’s Education-based Fight against Homelessness" and "Beyond Freedom: Survivors of Domestic Violence Learn Self-Care." The National Perspective focuses on "The Struggles of Homeless Hispanic Families;" The Historical Perspective revisits "Fresh Air for City Kids: the Early Years of Summer Camp"; the Voices column looks closely at "Rapidly Re-Housing Homeless Families: New York City—a Case Study." Read more
Jun 4th, 2013   |   Domestic Violence, Education, Rapid Re-Housing

Spring 2013, Vol 4.1

The feature articles in this issue take both broad and up-close looks at the work of serving poor and homeless families. Our cover story, “Healthy Beginnings, Healthy Life,” which examines widespread efforts among medical professionals and others to ensure the well-being of mothers over the long term. “Lives in Transition,” meanwhile, focuses on one facility, Transition House in Santa Barbara, California, which works with families who are motivated to overcome the crises that have led them to homelessness and rebuild their lives.  Read more
Mar 4th, 2013   |   American Almanac, Child Care

Fall 2012, Vol. 3.3

This issue of UNCENSORED includes three features on programs aimed at helping those who find themselves homeless, as well as a piece on a New York domestic-violence shelter written by journalist who has firsthand experience there. Read more
Sep 3rd, 2012   |   Child Care, Education