The Department of Housing and Urban Development released their Annual Homeless Assessment Report in late December. While HUD data reveals that homelessness is on the rise, ICPH's recently released infographic shows that HUD fails to count children and their families who live doubled-up in temporary arrangements due to their narrow definition of homelessness.

In December, ICPH's focus was on the disparities facing homeless students in its new report challenging conventional thought on barriers to graduation among homeless high schoolers and an   infographic   on school safety , highlighting the experiences of homeless students overall, and LGBTQ students in particular. Finally, ICPH is proud to have contributed to the development of a new initiative on child and family homelessness from Sesame Street in Communities , which launched on December 12.
Bridging the Graduation Gap: Why School Stability is Key for Homeless High School Students  explores how mid-year transfers and chronic absenteeism undermine the education of high school students, especially the homeless high schoolers who experience them at disproportionate rates.

Nearly half of all homeless high schoolers in NYC public schools do not graduate on time. But students who do not experience instability factors like chronic absenteeism and mid-year transfers while they are homeless actually graduate well above the citywide average.
Sesame Street in Communities unveiled a new initiative on family homelessness in early December. The experiences of Lily, a seven-year-old Muppet whose family is staying with friends on Sesame Street after losing their home, will surely resonate with children and families across the country. ICPH and our sister organization Homes for the Homeless were proud to have shared our perspective with Sesame as they developed these resources to help children and their families, as well as educators and service providers, better understand the trauma of homelessness.