Joint Policy Statement on Meeting the Needs of Families with Young Children Experiencing and At Risk of Homelessness

Policy
January 30, 2017

On October 31, 2016, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Housing and Urban Development (HUD), and Education (ED) released an inter-agency policy statement on early childhood homelessness.

The policy statement recommends ways early childhood, homeless, and housing providers at the local and state levels can collaborate to better meet the needs of pregnant women and families with young children who are experiencing homelessness.

In addition to highlighting recent research and resources, the statement offers the following recommended action steps.

  • Supporting a two-generation approach to meeting the needs of parents and young children experiencing homelessness by developing and strengthening partnerships across housing and early childhood programs and systems to obtain and sustain housing, achieve stability, ensure positive early experiences, and promote well-being for the whole family;
  • Enhancing integration of early childhood programs and systems with local homeless assistance systems' "coordinated entry" processes to ensure immediate needs, such as housing, are assessed and addressed quickly, and families continue to be regularly assessed for ongoing service needs;
  • Improving, leveraging, and sharing data on early childhood homelessness to build service connections, better understand the particular challenges facing these families, and build upon evidence-based practices for serving them.

For more information, please visit: DHH, Administration for Children & Families, Early Childhood Development.