A quality education is the most powerful tool students experiencing homelessness have to escape housing instability and the cycle of poverty. However, for most students, breaking this cycle requires more than a high school diploma. While higher education is often necessary to attain economic security, only 59% of the more than 7,000 New York City students in the class of 2018 who experienced homelessness during high school graduated on time. Worse, nearly half of the City's graduates who experienced homelessness were not college ready. This report explores the challenges to both educators and policymakers to prepare NYC's homeless students for higher education.

The community of Brownsville, Brooklyn offers an opportunity to examine how shelter, neighborhood, and family dynamics intertwine to increase a family's vulnerability to housing instability and homelessness . This Neighborhood Profile examines the prevalence of family homelessness, the reasons why families enter the shelter system, the growth of student homelessness, risk factors that often push families into housing instability, and the characteristics of the housing market in Brownsville.

ICPH marked Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week with a series of releases exploring the health and nutrition challenges faced by children and families experiencing homelessness. Acknowledging the many challenges faced by homeless children and their families is the first step to identifying and supporting their needs.
ICPH in the News

No Longer Hidden: The Health and Well Being of Homeless High School Students , was cited in an article about aligning the two federal definitions of homelessness.

Findings from The Seattle Atlas of Student Homelessness were included in an opinion piece about family homelessness in Berkeley, California.

ICPH President Ralph da Costa Nunez was included in the 2019 Power 100 list, which recognizes the top 100 figures making a difference for the most vulnerable New Yorkers.

Join the more than 600 people from rural, suburban, and urban communities across more than 35 states who are already registered for the Beyond Housing Conference this January. Register now while spots are still available.

Don't forget to book a room at the Crowne Plaza Times Square Manhattan by December 17 to receive the group rate.