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  • Individual Author: Institute for Children, Poverty, and Homelessness
    Reference Type: Report
    Year: 2015

    More than two decades ago, the Institute for Children, Poverty, and Homelessness (ICPH) was founded to explore the impact of homelessness on families, and especially children, in New York City. Since then, the scope of ICPH’s mission has expanded from one city to the entire United States. What began in 1998 as a report on homelessness in ten cities around the country has led to this publication, The American Almanac of Family Homelessness, exploring the issue across all 50 states.

    This Almanac is the result of three years of intensive review and evaluation, resulting in a comprehensive resource that presents data, policy analysis, and model programs and policies at the national, state, and local levels. It examines not only what we know about family homelessness, but also what we do not know, in order to both encourage the greater use of evidence-based practices and improve data collection.

    The causes of homelessness are varied and complex, and its effects on children and their parents can be devastating. Fortunately, there are a variety of service models and...

    More than two decades ago, the Institute for Children, Poverty, and Homelessness (ICPH) was founded to explore the impact of homelessness on families, and especially children, in New York City. Since then, the scope of ICPH’s mission has expanded from one city to the entire United States. What began in 1998 as a report on homelessness in ten cities around the country has led to this publication, The American Almanac of Family Homelessness, exploring the issue across all 50 states.

    This Almanac is the result of three years of intensive review and evaluation, resulting in a comprehensive resource that presents data, policy analysis, and model programs and policies at the national, state, and local levels. It examines not only what we know about family homelessness, but also what we do not know, in order to both encourage the greater use of evidence-based practices and improve data collection.

    The causes of homelessness are varied and complex, and its effects on children and their parents can be devastating. Fortunately, there are a variety of service models and housing solutions being utilized around the country to not only prevent the occurrence of homelessness, but also mitigate its impact. Unfortunately, we continue to struggle to link each family to the services that best fit its needs. The purpose of this publication is to present relevant information and analysis that will help providers, policymakers, and researchers to serve families most effectively.

    Homeless families have many champions across the country. We would like to take this opportunity to thank the countless providers, government officials, and advocates who aided us over the course of our research. Throughout the Almanac, we have utilized data and insight from state and local stakeholders to supplement publicly available federal sources and documents. Their assistance was essential to understanding the ways in which the needs and challenges of homeless families differ by locality and how providers can successfully tailor programs to their unique environments.

    We hope that you will find the Almanac a useful tool in whatever capacity you serve homeless families with children. Together, we can make sure that every child has a safe, stable home and a path to a brighter future. (author abstract)

  • Individual Author: National Alliance to End Homelessness
    Reference Type: Report
    Year: 2016

    The State of Homelessness in America 2016 is the sixth in a series of reports charting progress in ending homelessness in the United States. It examines trends in homelessness, populations at risk of homelessness, and homelessness assistance in America. (Author abstract)

    The State of Homelessness in America 2016 is the sixth in a series of reports charting progress in ending homelessness in the United States. It examines trends in homelessness, populations at risk of homelessness, and homelessness assistance in America. (Author abstract)

  • Individual Author: Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness
    Reference Type: Report
    Year: 2011

    Despite our best efforts, homelessness in Connecticut has reached alarming levels. Last year, Connecticut’s emergency shelters alone served 11,700 people, including more than 1,500 children. The number of people in shelters and transitional programs at any given point in time increased 3% from 2009 to 2010, while shelter bed usage has exceeded 100% during all of 2010 and much of 2009. While collectively we may have slowed the rate of growth in homelessness over time, the numbers continue to increase. We need to do more, and we need to do it better.

    This report provides an overview of the current state of homelessness in Connecticut, focusing on understanding who is homeless today, the resources that are available to assist them and actions to be taken to increase the effectiveness of efforts to prevent and end homelessness. The Connecticut data in this report was collected through two primary sources: the results of the January 2010 Point in Time Count of sheltered homeless persons (CT PIT 2010); and the Connecticut Homelessness Management Information System (CT HMIS),...

    Despite our best efforts, homelessness in Connecticut has reached alarming levels. Last year, Connecticut’s emergency shelters alone served 11,700 people, including more than 1,500 children. The number of people in shelters and transitional programs at any given point in time increased 3% from 2009 to 2010, while shelter bed usage has exceeded 100% during all of 2010 and much of 2009. While collectively we may have slowed the rate of growth in homelessness over time, the numbers continue to increase. We need to do more, and we need to do it better.

    This report provides an overview of the current state of homelessness in Connecticut, focusing on understanding who is homeless today, the resources that are available to assist them and actions to be taken to increase the effectiveness of efforts to prevent and end homelessness. The Connecticut data in this report was collected through two primary sources: the results of the January 2010 Point in Time Count of sheltered homeless persons (CT PIT 2010); and the Connecticut Homelessness Management Information System (CT HMIS), which provides a profile of who was served by state and federally-funded shelters and other homeless assistance programs over the course of the year. This 2010 data underestimates the extent of homelessness, because it does not capture the number of people turned away from shelter and those who do not seek shelter. While the numbers on homelessness are impossible to collect with perfect precision, the data presented in this report provides an accurate picture of the people affected by homelessness and what we can do to prevent and end this condition.

    This year, the CT PIT 2010 count revealed a startling number of people becoming homeless for the first time. Almost half of all families and 40% of single adults in shelters reported that this was their first homeless experience. (author abstract)

  • Individual Author: Institute for Children, Poverty, & Homelessness
    Reference Type: Report
    Year: 2013

    Foreclosure and homelessness are linked in the public’s mind. But as shown in “Foreclosures and Homelessness: Understanding the Connection," the latest brief from ICPH, the lack of data collection means that the effects of foreclosures on homelessness are still inconclusive. This ICPH policy brief looks at foreclosures and homelessness in the United States from 2005 to 2011, and provides recommendations to government agencies and researchers for how to better track the number of homeless people who have experienced foreclosure. (author abstract)

    Foreclosure and homelessness are linked in the public’s mind. But as shown in “Foreclosures and Homelessness: Understanding the Connection," the latest brief from ICPH, the lack of data collection means that the effects of foreclosures on homelessness are still inconclusive. This ICPH policy brief looks at foreclosures and homelessness in the United States from 2005 to 2011, and provides recommendations to government agencies and researchers for how to better track the number of homeless people who have experienced foreclosure. (author abstract)

  • Individual Author: Bono, Michael; Toros, Halil
    Reference Type: Report
    Year: 2005

    On January 4, 2005, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors requested that DPSS provide more information on homeless CalWORKs families. In response to this request, DPSS developed a two-pronged strategy, in collaboration with the Service Integration Branch of the Los Angeles County Chief Administrative Office: (1) a detailed analysis of administrative data for all families who received CalWORKs in Los Angeles County between September and November 2004; and (2) a survey of 373 CalWORKs participants who applied for special assistance for homelessness during the week of February 22 through February 28, 2005.

    The identification of homeless families is a complex issue. Unlike the recent effort by the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA) to observe and count homeless persons in our communities, DPSS relies on a participant’s self-disclosure of homelessness to a worker to identify a family as homeless and respond to a family’s housing crisis with special assistance.

    PART I of this report describes findings from analyses of the administrative caseload data,...

    On January 4, 2005, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors requested that DPSS provide more information on homeless CalWORKs families. In response to this request, DPSS developed a two-pronged strategy, in collaboration with the Service Integration Branch of the Los Angeles County Chief Administrative Office: (1) a detailed analysis of administrative data for all families who received CalWORKs in Los Angeles County between September and November 2004; and (2) a survey of 373 CalWORKs participants who applied for special assistance for homelessness during the week of February 22 through February 28, 2005.

    The identification of homeless families is a complex issue. Unlike the recent effort by the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA) to observe and count homeless persons in our communities, DPSS relies on a participant’s self-disclosure of homelessness to a worker to identify a family as homeless and respond to a family’s housing crisis with special assistance.

    PART I of this report describes findings from analyses of the administrative caseload data, and PART II describes results from the participant survey. Taken together, this data presents the most detailed information ever compiled regarding CalWORKs homeless families in Los Angeles County. (author abstract)

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