Each year, millions of American families are evicted from their homes. Families with children are evicted at much higher rates, and children who experience eviction often face high rates of mobility and unstable living environments that can have a negative impact on their education, physical health, mental health, and interpersonal relationships.

Interventions to support children and families who have been evicted must acknowledge all of the barriers to stability, and address both the reasons why the family was evicted as well as the trauma experienced as a result of the eviction.

The recommendations in this report include the following:

  • Increase the supply of affordable housing
  • Expand access to civil legal services
  • Pass the Homeless Children and Youth Act (S. 611/H.R. 1511)
  • Strengthen family tax credits
  • Reform the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Program
  • Support transition-aged foster youth and stabilize families at risk of entering care
  • Protect Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP)
  • Invest in early childhood education
  • Improve equity in public schools
  • Address environmental hazards in housing
  • Create a right to housing for children

Read the Policy Recommendations

Read the Executive Summary