The Real Face of Homelessness: Breaking the Cycle for New York City's Children in Shelter

On April 2, Carmela DeCandia, Psy.D., Director of The National Center, participated in a roundtable discussion about the needs of the 22,000 children living in homeless shelters in New York City. Dr. DeCandia gave a presentation on the impact of homelessness and other traumas on children's physical health, emotional well-being, and ability to learn. The discussion focused on how policymakers, service providers, and scholars can address child homelessness in New York City. Hosted by Women in Need, other roundtable participants included The Citizens' Committee for Children of New York, The Robin Hood Foundation, Women in Need, and the New York City Department of Homeless Services. Learn more.

Out on the Street: A Public Health and Policy Agenda for LGBT Youth who are Homeless

Our on the Street: A Public Health and Policy Agenda for LGBT Youth who are Homeless, an article co-authored by The National Center's founder Dr. Ellen Bassuk, is featured in the most recent issue of the American Journal of Orthopsychiatry (Volume 84(1), 66-72):

"A disproportionate number of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) youth experience homelessness each year in the United States. LGBT youth who are homeless have particularly high rates of mental health and substance use problems, suicidal acts, violent victimization, and a range of HIV risk behaviors. Given the intense needs of LGBT youth experiencing homelessness, it is imperative to understand their unique experiences and develop responsive practices and policies. The range and severity of health risks vary across subgroups of all homeless LGBT youth, and because the population is nonhomogeneous, their particular needs must be identified and addressed. Thus, the purpose of this article is to review the causes of homelessness among LGBT youth, discuss the mental health and victimization risks faced by this population, address differences among homeless LGBT subgroups, and recommend effective interventions and base practices. The authors conclude by discussing promising future research and public policy directions." Learn more.