The 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.