News and Updates

 

Help Homeless Youth Access Housing and Pursue Education

On Wednesday, February 7, 2024, bipartisan legislation was reintroduced in the U.S.House of Representatives to help unaccompanied youth experiencing homelessness access housing and pursue their dreams of higher education. Please take one minute to contact your U.S. Representative so that homeless youth don’t have to choose between a place to live, and the education that is their best hope of a brighter, more secure future.

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New HUD Data Show Dramatic Increase in Families and Youth in Homeless Shelters, Even While Significantly Undercounting Families and Youth Experiencing Homelessness

The 2023 HUD PIT Count reveals a 12% increase in overall homelessness, with a staggering 16% rise for families with children and 15% for unaccompanied youth. Despite the alarming figures, the report underscores the inadequacy of HUD data in capturing the true extent of homelessness, emphasizing the urgent need for targeted action to address the crisis.

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The Pitfalls of HUD’s Point-in-Time Count for Children, Youth, and Families

On December 15, 2023, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) released its 2023 Annual Homeless Assessment Report Part I (AHAR). The 2023 report showed a record number of families and youth in shelters, or who were in a visibly unsheltered situation, on a single night in January. In this brief, we explain why HUD’s data are flawed and misleading, and why other federal data sources provide a more accurate picture of child, youth, and family homelessness. 

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