2.5 Million Children Are Homeless Annually in the U.S.
Major causes on child homelessness in the U.S. include: (1) the nation's high poverty rate; (2) a lack of affordable housing across the nation; (3) the continuing impacts of the Great Recession; (4) racial disparities; (5) the challenges of single parenting; and (6) the ways in which traumatic experiences, especially domestic violence, precede and prolong homelessness for families.
Effective solutions must combine safe, affordable housing with essential services. Family members should be comprehensively assessed to understand what services they need. Parents may require education, job training, transportation, and childcare, and may also need mental health and parenting supports. All services should incorporate a family-oriented, trauma-informed approach.
To read the full report and find out where your state ranks, please visit www.HomelessChildrenAmerica.org.
Online Series: Trauma-Informed Care for Veterans Experiencing Homelessness
Starting November 12, The National Center will be hosting a free, 4-part online program that addresses the impact of trauma on Veterans and highlights trauma-informed care as an organization-wide approach to understanding and responding to trauma. Special focus during the fourth module will be given to the experiences of women Veterans and how to provide trauma-informed care to this population. The training series will include:
November 12: Trauma-Informed Care: An Organizational Approach to Serving Veterans
November 19: Building a Trauma-Informed Organization
December 3: Lessons from the Field - Adopting Trauma-Informed Care
December 10: Meeting the Unique Needs of Women Veterans
NASW CEUs (4-hours) are available to participants who attend all four live online sessions. Note that you must attend all sessions at their scheduled time to receive credit.