Our Impact (What The National Center is Doing About It)
The National Center on Family Homelessness translates knowledge developed through our research, programs, trainings, and collaborations with homeless shelter and service providers to realize our mission of preventing and ending family homelessness. Our work documents and raises awareness about the causes, correlates, and consequences of homelessness and informs local, state, and national solutions. We incorporate the lived experience of families who have experienced homelessness to achieve lasting impact.
America's Youngest Outcasts
America's Youngest Outcasts 2010 updates a previous report by The National Center on Family Homelessness that examines trends in child homelessness from 2006 to 2010 nationally and state by state. Among the findings: one in 45 children in America - more than 1.6 million - experienced homelessness in 2010. The report also 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 and youth development, ability to learn and work, and success in life. An updated report will be released in 2014.
Give US Your Poor
Give US Your Poor is a public education campaign to dispel myths about homelessness and people experiencing homelessness and promote structural solutions to homelessness. For this work, we partner with a wide array of organizations, including businesses, nonprofits, government, academia, artists, funders, and people experiencing homelessness. Our current initiative - American Music Project: Voices for Veterans - is aimed at helping to end Veteran homelessness through celebrity concerts, raising money for targeted programs, and engaging volunteers. Founded in 2001, Give US Your Poor is currently an initiative of The National Center on Family Homelessness and a partner of UMass Boston's McCormack Graduate School. Learn more.