Prioritizing Homeless Children and Their Families
Despite what many imagine a homeless person in New York City to look like, nearly 70% of the people in the City’s shelter system are children and their families. In fact, over 27,000 children sleep in New York City homeless shelters each night , many of whom had been in the shelter system for over a year. These numbers and the research on the impact that homelessness has on children, led Citizens’ Committee for Children (CCC), Enterprise Community Partners (Enterprise), and New Destiny Housing (New Destiny) to convene the Family Homelessness Task Force (FHTF). The FHTF is a group of stakeholders from over 40 organizations with expertise in housing, homelessness, and child well-being, which came together to call more attention to the needs of homeless children and their families and to develop and advance recommendations to prevent and end family homelessness, while ensuring the well-being of families living in shelter.
Ending family homelessness and promoting the well-being of homeless children and their families will require a coordinated approach between housing and homeless services to effectively address family homelessness. CCC, Enterprise and New Destiny are committed to advancing the recommendations in this report. We look forward to a continued collaboration with our partners both inside and outside government to ensure every child has a safe, stable, and permanent home and access to the services and supports that are needed to thrive.