Homelessness, Reports and Publications

New Brief Outlines Policy Recommendations to Help Families Experiencing Homelessness

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and U.S. Department of Education

On October 31, 2016, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), in partnership with the U.S. Departments of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and Education (ED), released a policy brief that highlights the needs of families experiencing homelessness, specifically families with young children, and proposes three recommendations to assist those that are experiencing homelessness.

Policy Statement on Meeting the Needs of Families with Young Children Experiencing and at Risk of Homelessness provides an overview of current research on families experiencing homelessness. According to the report, young parents make up 25% of families who are experiencing homelessness. Newborns and children between the ages of one to five represent about 50% of children living in a shelter or transitional housing. 

The report identifies the following recommendations to help better serve families who are experiencing homelessness. These include:

  • Incorporate a Two-Generation Approach to serve both parent and child and establish partnerships between early childhood, housing, and other systems that work directly with families. 
  • Improve integration of early childhood programs and other services within the housing coordinated entry process. 
  • Better data integration and data sharing among state and local agencies to have a greater knowledge of the barriers these families experience and to identify appropriate intervention to better serve their individual needs.

The report also provides specific strategies and activities that state and local agencies may implement for each recommendation. 

Click here to read the specific strategies and activities outlined within the report. 



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