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


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


New House Healthcare Bill Would Harm Medicaid, and Thereby, Child Health Coverage

| March 7, 2017 |

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 7, 2017 (Washington, D.C.) – In response to the release of the American Health Care Act by Republican leadership in


The Hygiene Assistance for Families of Infants and Toddlers Act of 2017

| February 22, 2017 |

Nearly half of infants and toddlers in the U.S. are living in low-income families. This means that over 5 million young children are living in


Recommendations for the First 100 Days of the Trump Administration

| February 8, 2017 |

Over the course of the next four years, 16 million children will be born in this country and they deserve to be met with


Child Advocates Release Recommendations for Trump’s First 100 Days

| February 8, 2017 |

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: FEBRUARY 8, 2017 (WASHINGTON, D.C.) – Amid sweeping changes by the incoming Trump Administration, First Focus Campaign for Children has issued its


Youth Advocates Share Hopes for First 100 Days

| January 9, 2017 |

YouthToday 1/9/17 By Molly McCluskey WASHINGTON — Candidate Donald Trump offered little insight into his prospective policies surrounding youth and families, and President-Elect Trump


Advocates Call on New Administration to Set a Child Poverty Target in 2017

| December 22, 2016 |

For Immediate Release: Thursday, December 22, 2016 Contact: Meg Biallas, (202) 657-0664 megb@firstfocus.org Washington – A coalition of child advocates is calling on the


While State Focuses on Adult Homelessness, Homeless Youth on the Rise

| December 16, 2016 |

WNPR Connecticut 12/16/16 By David Desroches Homelessness among children and youth in Connecticut has increased by over 11 percent since 2012, according to new data