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November 17: 2.5 Million Children Are Homeless Annually in the U.S.

America's Youngest Outcasts, prepared by The National Center on Family Homelessness, ranks the 50 states on how they are addressing child homelessness from best (1) to worst (50).

Major causes on child homelessness in the U.S. include: (1) the nation's high poverty rate; (2) a lack of affordable housing across the nation; (3) the continuing impacts of the Great Recession; (4) racial disparities; (5) the challenges of single parenting; and (6) the ways in which traumatic experiences, especially domestic violence, precede and prolong homelessness for families.

Effective solutions must combine safe, affordable housing with essential services. Family members should be comprehensively assessed to understand what services they need. Parents may require education, job training, transportation, and childcare, and may also need mental health and parenting supports. All services should incorporate a family-oriented, trauma-informed approach.

To read the full report and find out where your state ranks, please visit www.HomelessChildrenAmerica.org.

November 11: New Briefs - Trauma-Informed Care for Veterans Experiencing Homelessness

The National Center has developed a series of briefs on Trauma-Informed Care for Veterans experiencing homelessness:

  1. An Organization-Wide Framework
  2. Building Workforce Capacity
  3. Meeting the Needs of Women Veterans

October 14: Trauma-Informed Care Event in Washington, DC

The American Institutes for Research is hosting a luncheon on October 14 in Washington, DC, to explore the topic of trauma-informed care. Dr. Carmela DeCandia, Director of The National Center on Family Homelessness, will be presenting along with an expert panel on how to bring trauma-informed care to scale across service systems. Learn more and register today.

October 10: PA Coalition Against Domestic Violence Conference

The National Center's John McGah and Rose Clervil will present Domestic Violence Programs as Part of a Continuum of Care (COC) Program at the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence Conference on October 10 in Harrisburg, PA. Learn more.

June 18: Webinar: Ending Family Homelessness - Identifying Effective Interventions

The National Center's Dr. Maureen Hayes will present during a webinar, Ending Family Homelessness: Identifying Effective Interventions, hosted by First Focus on June 18 from 2-3 PM ET. She will report on findings from the Service and Housing Interventions for Families in Transition (SHIFT) longitudinal study. This webinar will also provide information on policies to improve outcomes for homeless children and families in the U.S. Registration through First Focus opens on June 4.

June 10-11: SHIFT Study Community Roundtables

Join The National Center and the Wilson Foundation this June for community roundtables in Albany, Syracuse, Rochester, and Buffalo, NY to share insights from the SHIFT Study and discuss effective strategies for combatting family homelessness. Learn more.

May 14: Homelessness and Domestic Violence - Breaking Down Silos

Dr. Carmela DeCandia, Director of The National Center, presented at a State Administrators and State Coalition Grantee Meeting sponsored by the Family Violence Prevention & Services Program of the Administration for Children and Families. The intersection of homelessness and domestic violence is well-established; her presentation focused on integration strategies for providers featured in Closing the Gap: Integrating Services for Survivors of Domestic Violence Experiencing Homelessness - A Toolkit for Transitional Housing Programs.

April 2: The Real Face of Homelessness - Breaking the Cycle for New York City's Children in Shelter

Carmela DeCandia, Psy.D., Director of The National Center, participated in a roundtable discussion about the needs of the 22,000 children living in homeless shelters in New York City. Dr. DeCandia gave a presentation on the impact of homelessness and other traumas on children's physical health, emotional well-being, and ability to learn. The discussion focused on how policymakers, service providers, and scholars can address child homelessness in New York City. Hosted by Women in Need, other roundtable participants included The Citizens' Committee for Children of New York, The Robin Hood Foundation, Women in Need, and the New York City Department of Homeless Services. Learn more

January 16: Trauma-Informed Care for Displaced Populations

As awareness of the prevalence and impact of trauma in the lives of vulnerable families grows, human service organizations are increasingly providing trauma-informed care to support resilience and recovery. Through the Healing Hearts Promoting Heath project and support form the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, The National Center on Family Homelessness recently developed a toolkit focused on trauma-informed care for displaced populations. This toolkit is one of three adapted for various populations, including homeless services and women Veterans and their children. Each toolkit includes an organizational self-assessment for evaluating current practices and adapting services and programs to respond tot the needs of people affected by trauma. Learn more.