Housing & Homelessness

More than one million K-12 students in America are homeless today. Whether that means sleeping in a shelter or crashing on a family friend’s couch, homelessness has disastrous consequences for every aspect of a child’s life – health, nutrition, education. In fact, every time a child is forced to move, it has the same impact on educational progress as missing a month of school. But federal agencies don’t even have a uniform definition of “homeless” for children. First Focus advocates an honest assessment of the family homelessness problem in America and a renewed federal commitment to ensure that no American spends his or her childhood homeless.

Resources


First Focus, Rep. Ellison Host Matthew Desmond to Discuss Kids & Families Facing Eviction

| July 19, 2017 |

WASHINGTON–In a briefing on Capitol Hill today sponsored by First Focus and honorary co-host Rep. Keith Ellison (MN-5), Pulitzer Prize-winning sociologist Matthew Desmond and


Policy Recommendations for Children and Families Facing Eviction

| July 18, 2017 |

Each year, millions of American families are evicted from their homes. Families with children are evicted at much higher rates, and children who experience


Letter of Support for the Foster and Homeless Youth Food Security Act of 2017

| June 19, 2017 |

On June 19th, the First Focus Campaign for Children submitted a letter to Reps. Danny Davis, James, Langevin, Gwen Moore and Bobby Rush, for


Lifting Children and Families Out of Poverty Act of 2017 Statement–California Assembly

| April 25, 2017 |

  The First Focus Campaign for Children submitted this statement for the California State Assembly Human Services Committee hearing on “Measure AB 1520, Lifting Children


Equal Opportunity for Residential Representation Act of 2017 (H.R. 1146)

| March 30, 2017 |

Each year millions of families in the U.S. are evicted from their homes and families with children are more likely to be evicted than


Letter to Congress on Equal Opportunity for Residential Representation Act of 2017 (H.R. 1146)

| March 30, 2017 |

On March 28, 2017, First Focus Campaign for Children sent a letter to the U.S. House of Representatives thanking Representative Keith Ellison on his


California Bill Proposes a Child Poverty Target

| March 28, 2017 |

In early March, Assembly Bill 1520, the Lifting Children and Families out of Poverty Act of 2017, was introduced by Assemblywoman Autumn R. Burke


Advocates Applaud Bipartisan Legislation to Address Child and Youth Homelessness

| March 14, 2017 |

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: MARCH 14, 2017 (WASHINGTON, D.C.) – The Homeless Children and Youth Act today was reintroduced in Congress, signaling a commitment by


Fact Sheet: Using Federal Funding to Effectively Meet Local Needs for Homeless Youth

| March 14, 2017 |

The Homeless Children and Youth Act of 2017 gives communities the flexibility to use federal funding effectively and appropriately to meet local needs, and


Fact Sheet: The Homeless Children and Youth Act of 2017

| March 14, 2017 |

Homelessness jeopardizes the health and well-being of record numbers of children and youth, putting future generations at risk of adult homelessness. Communities need to