Families with children are experiencing increasing rates of homelessness throughout the country and are highly vulnerable. Most have experienced extreme poverty, residential instability, and violence, and have limited education and work histories. Homelessness is a devastating experience that significantly impacts the health and well-being of adults, youth, and children. Often, members of homeless families have experienced ongoing trauma associated with poverty and the loss of home, safety, and sense of security. Traumatic experiences have a profound effect on child and youth development and the ability to learn, ultimately affecting success in life.
The National Center on Family Homelessness was founded in 1988 and is the nation’s foremost authority on family homelessness. In October 2012, The National Center merged with AIR’s Human and Social Development Program. For more information, visit www.familyhomelessness.org.