The Homeless Children and Youth Act of 2014

The Homeless Children and Youth Act of 2014The Homeless Children and Youth Act (H.R. 5186/S. 2653) will help over one million homeless children and youth lead safer, healthier lives and have a better chance for a brighter future. And it will make government work better, by ensuring that the federal government’s response to homelessness is based on an honest and accurate understanding of the problem, and by empowering those closest to the problem to design and implement the best local response. This fact sheet details the problems facing homeless children and their solutions.

Threat to the Child Tax Credit

By Wendy Cervantes

Threat to the Child Tax CreditThis fact sheet explains the harmful impacts of HR 4935, a bill that would modify Child Tax Credit eligibility, including a requirement that parents file with a Social Security number. This change would restrict eligibility for millions of children living in low-income immigrant families.

Child and Youth Homelessness: A Problem of Epic Proportions

By Cara Baldari

Child and Youth Homelessness: A Problem of Epic ProportionsThe dynamic of homelessness has changed in this country. According to the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness, 30 years ago the face of homelessness comprised mostly of single adults. However, due to the recent economic downtown, there has been an unprecedented increase in the number of homeless children and youth.

This fact sheet examines how many children are affected by homelessness, causes of child and youth homelessness, its effects, and policy recommendations.

CHIP is Critical for the Future of Children's Health

By Lisa Shapiro

CHIP is Critical for the Future of Children's HealthThe Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) has played a critical role in reducing the numbers of uninsured children in America. But unless Congress acts, CHIP funding will drop by 70 percent in 2015.

This paper and discusses how CHIP fits into today's health care system, focusing on why CHIP continues to be an essential source of coverage for kids. It also underscores the consequences for children's health of the coming CHIP funding crisis and why protecting the future of children's health means continued funding for CHIP.