About The National Center on Family Homelessness


The National Center on Family Homelessness is the nation's foremost authority on family homelessness. We conduct state-of-the-art research and develop innovative solutions to end family homelessness in America and give every child a chance.

The National Center was founded in 1988 by Ellen Bassuk, MD, and David Jordan, then editor-in-chief of Better Homes and Gardens magazine. Dr. Bassuk had conducted ground-breaking research in the mid-1980s, first documenting the devastating effect of homelessness on mothers and children. Mr. Jordan believe that Better Homes and Gardens had the power to educate the public about this emerging social issue. Joining forces, they founded "The Better Homes Fund," which would become The National Center on Family Homelessness.

After 25 years at the forefront of understanding and responding to the tragedy of family homelessness, The National Center merged with American Institutes for Research in 2012 to become a practice area within its Health and Social Development program.