Resources for Homeless Children and Families: Tip Sheet

The number of families with young children who are homeless has increased during the recent economic crisis. Therefore, more children are eligible for Head Start services and other programs that are aimed at providing relief to families. The resources below provide Head Start health managers, family and community partnership staff, and other early child development professionals with the tools necessary to help the families they serve.


Health Care for Children Who Are Homeless

National Health Care for the Homeless Council
The National Health Care for the Homeless Council provides a web slide presentation that discusses what health care providers should know about caring for children who are homeless. Learn more about issues like infections, well-child care, mental health, behavior problems, and how to help families find additional resources.

How to Find a Health Center   
Visitors can enter their zip code to find federally funded health centers in their area.

Federal Food Programs

Food and Nutrition Assistance
The United States Department of Agriculture and other federal agencies support a broad spectrum of food and nutrition assistance programs. Learn more about programs that provide supplemental foods, nutrition education, and breast-feeding support. Also, find out about programs that provide referrals to other services for pregnant and postpartum women, infants, and children.

Education for Children and Youth Who Are Homeless

Education for Homeless Children and Youths: Grants for State and Local Activities 
The McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act requires each state ensure that every child is able to attend school and remove all barriers that prevent a child's attendance.


Local Homeless Assistance
If you are a provider to homeless families, or if you need assistance finding emergency shelter for your own family, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) offers contact information by state to provide housing assistance for those in need.

Resources for Homeless Children and Families: Tip Sheet. HHS/ACF/OHS. 2017. English.

Last Reviewed: February 2017

Last Updated: February 24, 2017