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USICH Publishes New Brief on Family Homelessness

U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness

Homelessness in America: Focus on Families with Children consists of data and literature review of family homelessness. The brief focuses on the needs and experiences of families with children experiencing homelessness. It summarizes key findings from the 2017 Point-in-Time Count, 2016 Homeless Management Information System (HMIS), and 2015-2016 Department of Education school districts data to show the scope of family homelessness.  

According to the brief, 58,000 family households were experiencing sheltered and unsheltered homelessness during the 2017 PIT. This estimate consisted of 184,661 individuals, including 109,719 children, a  27% drop between 2010 and 2017. The Fiscal Year 2016 HMIS data reported that 147,355 households, with 292,697 children under the age of 18, were enrolled in an emergency shelter or transitional housing program. The majority of these households are headed by women, specifically young mothers with one or two children under the age of six.  

The brief highlights how adverse childhood experiences, evictions, family violence, disabilities, and mental health can lead to homelessness. It pinpoints the lack of affordable housing as a contributing factor to family homelessness. The author concludes the brief by identifying additional areas of research needed to understand the scope of family homelessness and how to serve that population   

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