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


Experts discuss ways to fight child poverty during virtual Children’s Week panel

| June 19, 2020 |

Growing up in poverty has life-long consequences for a child’s physical and mental health and economic well-being. The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated conditions for


The Evidence for Strengthening the Child Tax Credit

| June 3, 2020 |

The coronavirus outbreak and the resulting economic crisis are falling hardest on the most vulnerable among us, including our nation’s children. It is disrupting


Fact Sheet: Aid to Children and Families in the HEROES Act (H.R. 6800)

| May 22, 2020 |

As part of ongoing efforts to address the COVID-19 outbreak and resulting economic crisis, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Health and Economic


The COVID-19 Crisis Is Catastrophic for Children Too

| April 4, 2020 |

This is likely a once-in-a-generation disaster, and it will affect every domain of human life. It will be traumatic. And trauma always falls hardest


Fact Sheet: Aid to Children During Coronavirus Outbreak

| April 2, 2020 |

As the spread of the coronavirus has grown, the vulnerabilities within our system have become clear. Children and families living in poverty already lack


Make Sure Every Child Is Counted Today

| April 1, 2020 |

On April 1, tell people to count all children at their address who have no permanent residence. As the spread of the Coronavirus has


Coronavirus confirms why we need a national commitment to address child poverty and homelessness in the United States

| March 13, 2020 |

There is real momentum towards addressing the high rate of child poverty in the United States and the Coronavirus outbreak has only served to


Fact Sheet: Impact of the President’s 2021 Budget on Housing

| March 2, 2020 |

On February 10th,  President Trump presented his budget request for fiscal year 2021 (FY21) to Congress, outlining his spending priorities for the coming year.


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