Our Impact


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
documents the number of homeless children in every state, their well-being, their risk for child homelessness, and state level planning and policy efforts. Using findings from numerous sources that include well-established national data sets as well as our own research, we rank the state in four domains, and then develop a composition of these domains to rank the states from 1 (best) to 50 (worst). Read the complete report.

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