Our Impact (What The National Center is Doing About It)

Public Education and Policy

The National Center on Family Homelessness informs policies at local and national levels to achieve lasting impact. We conduct rigorous studies and write reports that document the causes, correlates, and consequences of homelessness. This information provides local and national leaders with accurate information to help create effective policy. The National Center develops and evaluates our own programs and those of others to identify solutions that work to prevent and end family homelessness. Using this knowledge, we tell the story of family homelessness to policymakers and the public.

Giving Homeless Children a National Voice

The Giving Homeless Children a National Voice initiative is catalyzing change for children and families who are homeless in the U.S. The activities and achievements of this initiative increase public awareness and inform national programs and policies to better address the challenges children and their families face while homeless. We are raising awareness about the causes, costs, and consequences of child and family homelessness. We are sharing data, findings, and best practices to meet the needs of children and their families who are homeless. We are increasing engagement in the development of solutions.

In December 2011, we released America's Youngest Outcasts 2010, an update of a previous report by The National Center on Family Homelessness that looks at trends in child homelessness from 2006 to 2010 nationally and state by state. Among the findings in our report: one in 45 - more than 1.6 million - children in America experienced homelessness in 2010. The report finds that children experiencing homelessness suffer from poor physical and emotional health, hunger, and educational challenges. The constant barrage of stressful and traumatic experiences faced by families who are homeless has profound effects on child development, ability to learn, and success in life.

The goal of Giving Homeless Children and National Voice is to improve the lives of children and families who are homeless in the U.S., with the ultimate hope of preventing and ending family homelessness in our nation. The initiative is funded by the Marie C. and Joseph C. Wilson Foundation.

Give US Your Poor

Give US Your Poor
is a public education campaign whose mission is to (1) dispel myths about homelessness and people experiencing homelessness, and (2) promote structural solutions to homelessness. It dispels myths by using the arts and media (music, photography, documentary video, public service announcements); it promotes structural solutions by applying the lens and discipline of systems thinking to understanding and addressing the complexity of homelessness. For all of its work it partners with a wide array of organizations including businesses, nonprofits, government, academia, artists, funders, and people experiencing homelessness. Founded in 2001, Give US Your Poor is currently an initiative of The National Center on Family Homelessness who is also its fiscal agent. Learn more.