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 listed in this tip sheet 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 discussing what health care providers should know about caring for children who are homeless. The presentation addresses 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

Federal Resources for Feeding Children and Youth Who Are Homeless
The Food Research and Action Center (FRAC) lists federal resources that address eligibility requirements for free school meals, full school year eligibility, and federal funds for shelters serving children and youth. 

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 that all barriers are removed from their 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. 2009. English.

Last Reviewed: October 2016

Last Updated: October 13, 2016