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 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


Opioid Epidemic Leads to Foster Care Crisis in Many States

| December 28, 2016 |

RT 12/28/16 Across the United States, the opioid epidemic isn’t just affecting addicts. It’s hurting their children, who are going into an increasingly beleaguered


This #GivingTuesday, Think Like a Child

| November 29, 2016 |

Consider the state of America’s children: The U.S. government spends less than 8% of its budget on children. Five million children risk losing a


Shadowboxing With Our Future

| November 28, 2016 |

Mr. Trump (I believe he deserves the respect of “Mr.” because he is the president-elect) was successful in tapping the fear, anger, and frustration


Children Need Us Now, More Than Ever

| November 21, 2016 |

Child’s World America 11/10/16 By Bruce Lesley In focus groups in Des Moines, Iowa, and Las Vegas, Nevada, a few years ago, voters were


Calling All Champions for Children: Now Is the Time to Act!

| November 16, 2016 |

As we enter a new year, and a new Administration, it is more important than ever to protect the health, safety and well-being of


Children Need Us Now, More Than Ever

| November 14, 2016 |

In focus groups in Des Moines, Iowa, and Las Vegas, Nevada, a few years ago, voters were asked what their top issues were, but


Trump Presidency Could Reshape Policies for Children and Youth

| November 9, 2016 |

Youth Today 11/9/16 WASHINGTON — Donald Trump’s presidential victory could significantly reshape policies for youth and families during the next four years. During the


Clinton Campaign Discusses Child Welfare Issues with Former Foster Youth

| November 8, 2016 |

Over the weekend, Anne Holton, the wife of Vice-Presidential Candidate Tim Kaine, spoke with Lexie Gruber and Sixto Cancel, two former foster youth, to