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 Harmful Consequences of Work Requirements and Other Obstacles on Children and Families

| May 14, 2018 |

MAY 14, 2018—Each year, effective federal programs give parents the power to provide their children with affordable healthcare, nutritious food, stable housing, and early


Letter to Congress: Limiting Access to Housing Assistance Hurts Families and Children

| May 7, 2018 |

Access to housing assistance remains extremely limited—only one in four families who are eligible for rent assistance in the United States receive it. First


New HUD Proposals Are the Wrong Direction for Children

| April 27, 2018 |

Affordable housing remains one of the main barriers to economic stability for many families. Housing costs continue to increase in the United States, yet


It’s Time to End Child Poverty —Here’s How

| April 18, 2018 |

A new report out of Washington University in St. Louis has found that the cost of child poverty to the U.S. economy was a


7 Ways Congress Can Honor Children on Universal Children’s Day

| November 20, 2017 |

Countries all around the world are celebrating children’s rights today. Today marks the 63rd anniversary of the United Nations establishing November 20 to be


Children’s Budget 2017

| November 17, 2017 |

Children are receiving less than 8 percent of the federal budget—and this share fell 5.5 percent between 2014 and 2017, according to Children’s Budget 2017,


New Groundbreaking Report Confirms High Prevalence of Youth Homelessness in the US

| November 15, 2017 |

Advocates working to end youth homelessness have known for a long time that there are many more youth experiencing homelessness on their own than


Young Children Experiencing Homelessness

| August 1, 2017 |

Editor’s Note: This guest post was originally published here, and has been republished with the author’s permission. Last month in D.C., I had the


Children and Families Facing Eviction Briefing

| July 21, 2017 |

“Kids often go without enough to eat because the rent eats first,” said Dr. Matthew Desmond at a briefing on Capitol Hill earlier this


Creating a Roadmap to Help Children & Families Facing Eviction

| July 19, 2017 |

Today, the First Focus Campaign for Children released a set of recommendations to address the barriers to stability faced by the millions of children