Children & Youth

In Philadelphia, more than 1,000 children and youth live in emergency or transitional housing facilities on any given day.

Research suggests that these children are at risk for life-long challenges to becoming a healthy adult.

They face strikingly more challenges and have far fewer positive opportunities than other young people. The combination of growing poverty, rising housing costs, and government cuts in services has resulted in families who are experiencing homelessness residing in the system far longer than necessary.

In the Philadelphia region, PEC leads advocacy campaigns to create a supportive policy and funding environment that meets the needs of homeless children and youth. These campaings include:

  • Family Service Provider Network (FSPN)
  • Children's Work Group
  • Homeless Advocacy and PA Provider Network
  • #PAHomelessYouth

Nationally, PEC also works with the National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth (, and The Bassuk Center (

For information, the Policy Department, or call 267-777-5851.

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