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Homelessness Skyrockets among Children & Families

Posted on June 7, 2016 by Alice Kenny  |  Share

Catholic Charities’ Intervention Is Significant – But Not Enough

Homelessness among school-aged children is at a record high, according to a just-released report by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities that confirms the bad news Catholic Charities witnesses daily. Moreover, despite rising need the number of families with children receiving federal rent subsidies plummeted to an 11-year-low, the report reveals. 

No surprise that homelessness is terrible for children. Homeless children are more likely to develop cognitive, behavioral, mental health and physical problems, numerous studies show. And with neither a secure home to study in nor due to the need to move from place to place, a consistent classroom and teacher, homeless students typically score terribly on tests.

Today, poor New Yorkers are increasingly confronted with the dilemma of buying food or paying rent. Catholic Charities homeless prevention and emergency food programs are successful yet strained and insufficient to meet an increased and ongoing need.  Not only must we provide more rental assistance and nutritious food, but even more important for the long term, compassionately and professionally support individuals and families on a path toward greater independence and self-sufficiency.

Catholic Charities supports a vast network of emergency shelters, temporary and transitional housing and permanent affordable housing to help homeless families and individuals in New York.

Our impact every year is significant:

  • 6,498 families prevented from becoming homeless 
  • 1,267 individuals housed in temporary and transitional apartments 
  • 8,234 individuals provided with emergency overnight shelter 
  • 7,100 families living in affordable housing

But it’s not enough. We need your help because no child should be homeless.

Help us meet the growing demand for homes and shelters for homeless for children and families in New York.

Learn more about how Catholic Charities the helps homeless in New York.

Read the full report by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities