In a single, comprehensive resource, the Almanac analyzes key issues surrounding homelessness among families with children, highlights successful programs and practices at the state and local levels, and features groundbreaking initiatives from across the country.
Most Americans are aware of homelessness in its most visible form: single adults on the street. However, over one-third of those who use shelters annually-more than 500,000 people in 2011-are parents and their children. The Almanac finds that compared to housed, low-income children, homeless children experience twice the rate of chronic or acute illnesses, twice the rate of learning disabilities, and three times the rate of emotional or behavioral problems. As a result, homeless children often fall behind in school and have less than half the rate of proficiency in math and reading as their housed classmates. Fewer than one in four graduates from high school.
The Almanac investigates the needs of not only homeless parents but also children and unaccompanied youth, uses data from national, state, and local agencies, including data acquired through the Freedom of Information Act, and draws on interviews with government officials, service providers, advocates, and researchers across the country.
Click here to read the American Almanac of Family Homelessness.