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


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


National Report Shows Rise in Homeless Student Numbers

| December 16, 2016 |

News and Sentinel 12/16/16 By Michael Erb PARKERSBURG — While nationally many states are seeing an increase in the number of homeless students, locally


Program Targets Ventura’s Young Homeless

| December 15, 2016 |

Ventura County Star 12/15/16 By Arlene Martinez At 10 months to the day, Jeremiah Dockery is on the go. He’s crawling fast, pulling himself


Homeless Students in Texas at 113,000 Last Year, Likely More Now

| December 14, 2016 |

The Star-Telegram 12/13/16 By Diane Smith In Texas, 113,063 students experienced homelessness in the 2014-15 school year, and homelessness is on the rise among


Student Homelessness on the Rise in Most States, Data Shows

| December 13, 2016 |

Politico Pro 12/13/16 By Aubree Eliza Weaver Thirty-five states saw an increase in homeless students between 2012 and 2014, according to new data released