For the past twenty years The National Center has taken a comprehensive approach to understanding family homelessness by identifying the causes and consequences of homelessness, creating and implementing innovate programs, conducting evaluations in the field to improve services, advocating for homeless families, disseminating unique reports, and advancing policies to end family homelessness.
In March 2009, The National Center on Family Homelessness launched the Campaign to End Child Homelessness in tandem with the release of their important report entitled "America's Youngest Outcasts: State Report Card on Child Homelessness." The identification that more than 1.5 million children are homeless over the course of a year has since shocked the nation. That correlates to 1 in every 50 children annually. The Campaign is reaching out to state and local officials, policymakers, families, communities, advocates, service providers and the media to galvanize public and political will to end child homelessness in America. The organization believes it unacceptable for any child in the United States to be homeless for even one day.
The Campaign to End Child Homelessness launched last year has three objectives:
- Increase public awareness about the scope and impact of homelessness on children and their families.
- Inform federal and state policies and plans to better address the needs of homeless children and their families.
- Improve program design and service delivery to effectively meet the unique needs of homeless children and their families.
The Campaign is currently focused on eleven states with the greatest need and poor overall ranking within The National Center's report card as measured in the following categories: extent of child homelessness; child well-being; structural risk factors; and policy and planning efforts. Those states are: Texas (337,105 homeless children), Georgia (58,397 homeless children), Arkansas (18,852 homeless children), New Mexico (8,919 homeless children), Louisiana 204,053 homeless children), Nevada (10,434 homeless children), North Carolina (18,597 homeless children), Florida (49,886 homeless children), Kentucky (29,410 homeless children), Mississippi (11,302 homeless children), California (292,624 homeless children).