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Researchers from the Center on Poverty and Social Policy at Columbia University published a policy brief exploring disparities in child poverty and assessing how effective social programs and government transfers are at narrowing the Black-White child gap.

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This 2022 brief includes overall population and poverty data for children under age 6 and presents data on what we know about the participation of young children experiencing homelessness enrolled in quality early childhood programs from both the early childhood and housing perspectives. These data and trends over time are available to establish baselines, set policy directions, and gauge progress. Areas are identified for further study. Throughout, suggestions are apparent for enhancing policy alignment and for moving forward toward the goal of ensuring access and full participation in quality early childhood programs for young children experiencing homelessness throughout the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

An American Enterprise Institute/Brookings Institution Working Group released a new, bipartisan report, “Rebalancing: Children First,” which calls for a rebalancing of the national investment strategy toward children and their future well-being. The report was the major topic of discussion during a joint AEI/Brookings digital event, covered by Spotlight and featuring White House Council of Economic Advisers Chair Cecilia Rouse and Utah Sen. Mitt Romney (R). AEI Director of Economic Studies and working group co-chair Michael Strain said the group agreed across partisan lines that a national budget is not just an accounting exercise but a document that reflects the moral priorities of the nation. “This report argues that those priorities are out of whack,” he said. Working group co-chair Diane Whitmore Schanzenbach, director of the Institute for Policy Research at Northwestern University, outlined some of the report’s top recommendations, including support for increasing resources to low-income families with children through changes to the Child Tax Credit and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP); making the tax credit for children available to households with no earnings, and increasing SNAP benefits by 20 percent for families with children ages 5 and younger.

The report uses data from the 2021 National Survey on LGBTQ Youth Mental Health to examine the prevalence of homelessness and various manifestations of housing instability among LGBTQ youth and their mental health symptoms. It also examines rates of homelessness and housing instability among various subgroups within the LGBTQ community and the prevalence of experiences that are frequently connected to housing instability (e.g., food insecurity). Finally, it includes recommendations for preventing and combating LGBTQ youth homelessness.

Public spending on children is an investment in the nation’s future, helping ensure the next generation grows up healthy, educated, and safe. During a national crisis, this funding is even more vital for children’s development.

Many of those families comprise single women with young children who have no choice but to seek family homelessness services: emergency shelters, transitional housing, or permanent housing placements.

There are more homeless families in the United States than in any other industrialized country. The main cause is the lack of affordable housing.

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