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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.

Research Brief

Early Childhood Homelessness: State Profiles

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

Report

Resources

Supporting Young Families

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.

Resource Database

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.

Information Brief
 

Housing Assistance

HUD Exchange: Need Housing Assistance?

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

Resource 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.

Directory

HUD: PHA Contact Information

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

Directory

HUD: Housing Choices Vouchers Fact Sheet

Here HUD provides basic information about Section 8 housing vouchers.

Fact Sheet

2-1-1

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.

Referral 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.

Directory
 

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.

Brief

Head Start Center Locator

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

Directory

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.

Government 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.

Brief
 

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.

NYC Housing Resource Directory

Generation NYC: Youth Experiencing Homelessness

This site for youth living in New York City connects users to housing resources.

Website

Parent Handouts: Housing/Utilities/Transportation

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

Housing/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.

Fact 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.

Housing 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.

Homelessness 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.

Services 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.)

Information 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.

Coalition 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.

NYS 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.

NYS 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.

Program 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.

Liaison Directory