SOURCE: Institute for Children and Poverty

Institute for Children and Poverty

November 18, 2013 14:55 ET

Amid National Campaign to Increase Awareness of Homelessness, Nonprofit Launches Valuable Resource on Family Homelessness

National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week, November 18-22

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwired - November 18, 2013) - In honor of National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week, the Institute for Children, Poverty, and Homelessness (ICPH) is launching PovertyHistory.org, an interactive website detailing New York City's long history of poverty and homelessness.

The site investigates public policies that have shaped the lives of poor and homeless New Yorkers. With comprehensive timelines, analytical maps, striking images, primary sources, and informative essays, the site is a valuable resource for students, teachers, service providers, and policymakers with an interest in the history of these seemingly intractable issues.

"No family should have to wonder where they'll sleep at night. History shows us some recurring themes, and those lessons are there for us if we just look at them," says ICPH President and CEO Ralph da Costa Nunez. "New York City's long history with homelessness makes it an ideal case study for the rest of the country to learn from. We can avoid repeating the past mistakes of New York City's public policy on a national scale by recognizing resources such as this Web site, which will help us work toward the reduction of poverty and homelessness that much faster."

The Web site launch follows the release earlier this year of the 320-page book, The Poor Among Us: A History of Family Poverty and Homelessness in New York City. In it, authors Ralph da Costa Nunez and Ethan G. Sribnick explore the world of New York's poor children and families, from the era of European settlement to the present day: their physical and social environments, the causes of their poverty, and the institutions and social movements that evolved to improve and regulate their lives. This comprehensive history examines the successes and failures of past efforts to reduce poverty and homelessness, providing the historical context that is often lacking in contemporary policy debates. The Poor Among Us will be available in eBook format at the end of November.

Sponsored by the National Coalition for the Homeless and the National Student Campaign Against Hunger and Homelessness, National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week takes place the week before Thanksgiving, from November 18-22 this year, to educate and raise awareness of these issues in the United States.

The Institute for Children, Poverty, and Homelessness (ICPH) is an independent nonprofit research and policy analysis organization based in New York City. ICPH studies the impact of poverty on family and child well being and generates research that will enhance public policies and programs affecting poor or homeless children and their families. Specifically, ICPH examines the condition of extreme poverty in the United States and its effect on educational attainment, housing, employment, child welfare, domestic violence, and family wellness. Learn more at www.ICPHusa.org and find ICPH on Facebook and Twitter. Visit www.PovertyHistory.org to learn more about the history of poverty and homelessness in New York City.

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