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


Comments for National Academy of Sciences Information Gathering Session on Child Poverty

| June 19, 2017 |

In preparation for the National Academy of Sciences information gathering session on their child poverty study, “Building an Agenda to Reduce the Number of


Housing: Impact of the President’s FY 18 Budget Request

| June 1, 2017 |

On May 23rd, President Trump presented his budget request for fiscal year 2018 (FY18) to Congress, outlining his spending priorities for the coming year.


OVERVIEW: Impact of the President’s FY 18 Budget Request on Children

| May 25, 2017 |

  President Trump’s $4.1 trillion budget proposal for Fiscal Year 2018 seeks massive cuts to critical programs that help American children and families. It


Mother’s Day: Five Things You Can Tell Congress To Do For Kids

| May 11, 2017 |

What better way to honor Mother’s Day than voicing your support for legislation that will strengthen American families and improve children’s health and wellbeing?


Is America Holding Out on Protecting Children’s Rights?

| May 2, 2017 |

The Atlantic 5/2/17 By Amy Rothschild Recently, I asked my 4-, 5-, and 6-year-old students what they thought all children need in order to


Children and Families Facing Eviction: Featuring Matthew Desmond

Event July 19, 2017 |

Thanks for your RSVP! Wednesday, July 19th 12:00-1:30pm EST 2168 Rayburn House Office Building (Gold Room) Lunch will be provided. If you are unable to attend in person, you can watch via live stream here: https://www.facebook.com/Keith.Ellison/


Bill Reintroduction is a Victory for 1.2 Million Homeless Kids

| March 14, 2017 |

In a strong display of bipartisan, bicameral leadership, the Homeless Children and Youth Act of 2017 was reintroduced today by Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA),


Federal Spending on Child Poverty Meager, But Root Causes Must Be Found: Experts Agree

| March 2, 2017 |

YouthToday 3/2/17 By John Holland WASHINGTON — The war on poverty and an array of social welfare measures that followed over the last half-century


The Real Way to ‘Make America Great Again’

| January 23, 2017 |

This post originally appeared on Medium. Subscribe to the Voices for Kids publication on Medium. President Donald Trump rarely mentioned children’s issues through much


Congress Should Commit to ‘Do No Harm’ to Children

| January 15, 2017 |

This post originally appeared on Medium. Subscribe to the Voices for Kids publication on Medium. The U.S. Senate voted on two amendments by Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and