Understanding the #InvisibleMillion
The majority of homeless children continue to sleep in doubled-up conditions, though the fastest growing group of students were those staying in hotels and motels. Recent years have also seen a steady increase in the number of homeless children that have additional support needs, including children with disabilities or who have limited English proficiency.
Of course, the nature of child homelessness varies greatly not only state by state, but district to district. To show exactly where, and how, homelessness is growing in the country, ICPH developed The United States of Student Homelessness, an interactive web tool that allows users to investigate these trends for themselves.
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The Institute for Children, Poverty, and Homelessness (ICPH) is a New York City-based policy research organization focused on family and child homelessness in New York City and through the United States.
We are dedicated to bringing family and child homelessness into focus through research, policy briefs, and interactive data tools. ICPH’s publications inform government officials, policymakers, advocates, academics, and service providers from across the country to promote a robust, evidence-based dialogue on family and child homelessness.
1 National Center for Homeless Education, Federal Data Summary School Years 2013–14 to 2015–16 Education for Homeless Children and Youth, December 2016.
2 U.S. Department of Education, ED Data Express, SY 2015–16.
3 America’s Promise Alliance, Don’t Call Them Dropouts: Understanding the Experiences of Young People Who Leave High School Before Graduation, May 2014.
4 Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago, Missed Opportunities: Youth Homelessness in America, November 2017.