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The Institute for Children, Poverty, and Homelessness (ICPH) is a New York City-based policy research organization focused on family homelessness in New York City and throughout the United States.

The Institute for Children and Poverty—now the Institute for Children, Poverty, and Homelessness—was founded in 1990 as federal and state governments looked for ways to address growing rates of family homelessness. 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.

ICPH examines the demographics of this growing population, the challenges these families face in becoming self-sufficient, and the programs that are most effective in helping them transition out of homelessness in their many reports, research-based books, policy research commentary, and national magazine, as well as the biennial American Almanac of Family Homelessness. In 1995, ICPH launched the Journal of Children & Poverty as a forum to publish and disseminate research on homelessness and related issues. ICPH also distributes children’s books and educational curricula as a way to communicate the growing problem of family homelessness and poverty to a younger audience.

ICPH’s publications inform government officials, policymakers, other research organizations, advocates, academics, and service providers from across the country to promote a robust, evidence-based dialogue.

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