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Young Families: Housing and Homelessness

Families make up about 33% of the homeless population, according to the National Alliance to End Homelessness. Homelessness may be traumatic for both young parents and their children, and may lead to interruptions in education (PDF). If you are a professional supporting expectant or parenting youth who are coping with insecure housing, the resources below can help.

Background and Statistics

Missed Opportunities: Pregnant and Parenting Youth Experiencing Homelessness in America

Chapin Hall research demonstrates high rates of pregnancy and parenting among youth who are experiencing homelessness or housing insecurity, and underscores the critical need for greater support for this population. Findings also point to several areas for prevention and intervention.

PDFResearch Brief

Early Childhood Homelessness: State Profiles 2019

This report from the U.S. Department of Education illustrates statistics on early childhood homelessness and education in each state.

PDFReport

Resources

Supporting Young Families

Helping Pregnant and Parenting Teens Find Adequate Housing

For this brief, the American Bar Association Center on Children and the Law collaborated with Healthy Teen Network to develop an overview of housing-related legal and policy issues with which advocates should be familiar.

WebIssue Brief

Resources for Young Parents & Children Experiencing Homelessness

This youth.gov database focuses on key resources about relevant federal programs, guidance, evidence-based and promising practices, early childhood supports, parenting supports, behavioral health (mental health and substance abuse), housing, employment, and education.

WebResource Database

How to Find Housing and Services for Young People Who Are Pregnant or Parenting

Healthy Teen Network put together this list of resources to help young families find housing and support services.

WebResource List

Using the Best That We Know: Supporting Young Children Experiencing Homelessness

This Project HOPE brief provides an overview of risks to young children experiencing homelessness as well as opportunities and resources available to support infants and toddlers.

PDFInformation Brief
 

Housing Assistance

HUD Exchange: Need Housing Assistance?

This page links to resources for housing assistance, food, health and safety, and much more.

WebResource Links

HUD: Local Information

Click on your state to find out about federal rental assistance, links to emergency and prevention services, and legal assistance, among other programs.

WebDirectory

HUD: PHA Contact Information

Click on your state to find your local Public Housing Agency.

WebDirectory

HUD: Housing Choices Vouchers Fact Sheet

Here HUD provides basic information about Section 8 housing vouchers.

WebFact Sheet

2-1-1 Housing and Utilities

211 is the most comprehensive source of local human and social services information in the U.S. and most of Canada. Call 211 to find emergency shelters or learn about programs that offer rental assistance, subsidized housing, and housing vouchers.

WebReferral Specialists

Community Action Agencies

Many local communities have Community Action Agencies (CAA) funded by the Community Services Block Grant, a federal program that allocates funding to states to connect Americans to greater opportunities. Your local CAA may be able to assist with housing needs.

WebDirectory
 

Education for Homeless Youth and Their Children

Education Help for Runaway and Homeless Youth

Children and youth who are homeless or in unstable housing continue to have a right to education -- including adolescent parents and their children. This brief describes the McKinney-Vento law and links to resources.

WebBrief

Head Start Center Locator

Head Start promotes school readiness of children under 5 from low-income families through education, health, and social services.

WebDirectory

Identifying and Supporting Students Experiencing Homelessness from Pre-School to Post-Secondary Ages

Here the U.S. Department of Education describes government programs, laws, and policies that may benefit homeless students.

WebGovernment Resources

Partnering to Support Educational Success for Runaway and Homeless Youth

This brief is designed for educators and providers of services for youth experiencing homelessness. It provides a brief overview of the federal Runaway and Homeless Youth (RHY) and Education for Homeless Children and Youth programs, highlights statutory requirements for cross-program collaboration, and suggests specific strategies for building effective partnerships.

PDFBrief
 

New York City (NYC) Resources

NYC Supportive Housing

On this page, the NYC Human Resources Administration links to affordable housing resources, eviction assistance, NYC rental supplement programs, Section 8 housing, and more.

WebNYC Housing Resource Directory

Parent Handouts: Housing/Utilities

The Children's Advocacy Project of New York City compiles user-friendly, comprehensive listings of many social service agencies.

WebHousing/Utilities Resource List

NYC Standardized Vulnerability Assessment Criteria Fact Sheet

The NYC Standardized Vulnerability Assessment is conducted on all approved Human Resources Administration Supportive Housing Application Referrals. This assessment takes into consideration the applicant's living situation and challenges impacting their independence, and determines the level of vulnerability.

PDFFact Sheet

NYC Affordable/Low-Income Housing

Affordable housing in NYC has income and credit requirements. Applications are picked through a lottery system. This page provides links to affordable housing programs.

WebHousing Program Directory

NYC Homelessness Prevention: Homebase

Homebase helps clients develop a personalized plan to overcome an immediate housing crisis and achieve housing stability. Homebase workshops on budgeting, employment, tenant rights, and searching for apartments, among other topics, are also available.

WebHomelessness Prevention Resources

How to Find Help to Stay in Your Home

This handout from the NYC Department of Homeless Services outlines several City homelessness prevention services.

PDFServices Handout

NYC Department of Education: Students in Temporary Housing

This page outlines the first steps to take to help youth experiencing homelessness access education. It includes a link to the housing questionnaire that is used to determine eligibility and contact information for each NYC school district. (Note that in NYC, McKinney-Vento liaisons are known as Students in Temporary Housing (STH) Regional Managers.)

WebInformation and Directory

NYC Coalition on the Continuum of Care (NYC CCOC)

The NYC CCOC is a broad-based coalition of homeless housing and shelter providers, consumers, advocates, and government representatives, working together to shape citywide planning and decision-making.

WebCoalition Website
 

New York State (NYS) Resources

HUD Approved Housing Counseling Agencies

HUD sponsors housing counseling agencies throughout the country that can provide advice on buying a home, renting, defaults, foreclosures, and credit issues. For more information, visit HUD: Talk to a Counselor.

WebNYS Housing Counselor Directory

HUD Homeless Information: New York

Here HUD connects you to help hotlines, shelters, rental assistance programs, and other supportive resources in New York State.

WebNYS Resource Directory

New York State Education Department: McKinney-Vento Homeless Education

This program provides support to ensure that homeless children and youth have equal access to public education, including public preschool education.

WebProgram Information

New York State McKinney-Vento Liaisons

Every school district, charter school, or BOCES must have a McKinney-Vento liaison who identifies eligible youth/children and supports their enrollment in education and related services. Look up your local liaison (outside NYC) in the directory below.

WebLiaison Directory

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