Roundtable on Homeless Children - Discussion Synthesis. Introduction


On May 18, 2010, the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation convened a Roundtable on Homeless Children. The purpose of the Roundtable was to understand the impact of homelessness on children, identify the resources currently available to address the needs of homeless children, and discuss opportunities for coordination. While other meetings have focused on the adults in homeless families, the Roundtable focused specifically on the children in families that are experiencing homelessness.

A diverse group of 63 policy experts, researchers, practitioners, and federal agency staff (see Appendix A for a list of participants) were invited to:

  • Review the latest research on homeless children;
  • Discuss the impact of the current recession on the number and condition of homeless children;
  • Assess the range of services currently available to homeless children; and
  • Strategize for an improved response to children experiencing homelessness or at risk of becoming homeless.

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