Public Education and Policy Impact

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.

Campaign to End Child Homelessness

True to our mission, we launched the Campaign To End Child Homelessness in 2009 to increase public awareness, inform policy solutions, and share tools and best practices with community caregivers. In December 2011, we released America's Youngest Outcasts 2010, an update of a previous study by The National Center, which looks at trends in child homelessness from 2006 to 2010. Among the shocking findings in our report: one in 45 children in America experiences homelessness annually - more than 1.6 million children.

The report finds that children experiencing homelessness in America suffer from hunger and poor physical and emotional health as well as limited academic proficiency in reading and math. The constant barrage of stressful and traumatic experiences has profound effects on their development and ability to learn. America's Youngest Outcasts 2010 offers a detailed snapshot of the status of homeless children nationally and in each state.

On May 3, 2011, the Campaign to End Child Homelessness released a Federal Policy Agenda for the 112th Congress and Administration. The Agenda and its policy recommendations are essential to meeting the needs of America's homeless children and their families in 2011 and beyond. 

To Learn More and to Join the Campaign

Together we can end child homelessness in America! Now is the time. The solutions are clear. All we need is the will to make it happen. For more information about America's Youngest Outcasts 2010, our Federal Policy Agenda, or to join the Campaign to End Child Homelessness, visit

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.