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


What does the President’s budget say about how we value children?

| February 11, 2020 |

Yesterday, President Trump released a $4.8 trillion budget proposal that would impose massive cuts to critical programs that children and families rely on every


Statement: First Focus on Children’s Response to President Trump’s FY 2021 Budget

| February 10, 2020 |

The proposed budget released today by President Trump takes direct aim at the health and well-being of America’s children. According to the FY 2021


Oversight Committee holds two days of hearings on four threats to America’s children

| February 5, 2020 |

On February 5 and 6, 2020, the Committee on Oversight and Reform conducted an in-depth, two-day series of hearings held by four of its


House hearings tackle regulatory threats to children and families

| February 3, 2020 |

Advocates blast policies that harm children WASHINGTON, D.C., February 3 — A broad coalition of nonprofit and faith-based groups from across the nation that


‘Invisibilizing’ Homeless Children

| January 29, 2020 |

Childhood should be a time to grow, learn, play and feel safe. As Matthew Desmond, author of Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City writes:


Comments in Response to Proposed Rulemaking: Repealing the Disparate Impact Rule

| October 18, 2019 |

First Focus on Children submitted the following comments expressing our strong opposition to a proposed rule that would repeal the Disparate Impact rule in


Children’s Budget 2019

| September 10, 2019 |

First Focus on Children is proud to introduce the 13th annual release of its signature Children’s Budget publication, a comprehensive analysis of how kids


Explainer: What to Know About the Final “Public Charge” Rule

| August 16, 2019 |

The Trump administration has finalized a rule that will expand the definition of a public charge when determining eligibility for individuals applying for admission


Comments in Response to Proposed Rulemaking — Housing and Community Development Act of 1980: Verification of Eligible Status

| July 8, 2019 |

First Focus on Children submitted the following comments to a proposed rule expressing our strong opposition to the changes regarding “verification of eligible status,”


Fact Sheet: Impact of the President’s 2020 Budget on Housing

| April 16, 2019 |

On March 11, President Trump presented his budget request for fiscal year 2020 (FY20) to Congress, outlining his spending priorities for the coming year.