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


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. 


Our Comments on the Proposed Public Charge Rule

| December 7, 2018 |

On December 7, 2018, First Focus submitted comments on the proposed public charge rule. In short, the administration’s public charge rule would lead to


Department of Homeland Security Public Charge Rule Would Increase Child Poverty in the United States

| October 23, 2018 |

The strength of our economic future is dependent on the well-being of our nation’s children. Yet child poverty remains high in the United States,


Department of Homeland Security Public Charge Rule is a Disingenuous Attack on Children

| October 18, 2018 |

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) recently published a proposed rule on the Federal Register that would drastically change the guidelines for applying to enter


Department of Homeland Security Public Charge Rule Would Make Children Less Healthy

| October 16, 2018 |

The Department of Homeland Security released their proposed rule to the public charge section of immigration law in early October. This rule would affect


Fact Sheet: The Public Charge Rule Harms Children

| October 10, 2018 |

The strength of our country’s economic future is dependent on the wellbeing of our nation’s children, who make up our future tax base. Children


Press Release: Share of Federal Spending on Children Has Decreased 1.7 Percent Since FY 2014

| September 20, 2018 |

Washington, D.C., September 20, 2018—Children received 1.7 percent less of the federal budget in Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 than they did in FY 2014,


Children’s Budget Book 2018 – Messaging and Social Media Kit

| September 19, 2018 |

First Focus is proud to announce the release of Children’s Budget 2018, which captures and analyzes historical funding data and spending trends across a wide